American Income Life at the Sutro Baths of San Francisco, CA
One of San Francisco’s coolest and most visually impressive historical attractions is the Sutro Bath ruins. The eerie destination was once the grounds for a remarkable state-of-the-art indoor swimming pool and recreational structure. The Sutro Baths were a large group of swimming pools built in the 19th century and today the ruins of the burned building and pools can still be explored. The Cliff House and the pools are in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area along the coastline.
The Historical Sutro Baths
The baths were constructed by Adolph Sutro who was the former mayor of San Francisco at the time. The building that housed the Sutro Baths was the world’s largest indoor swimming establishment. Originally, visitors to the attraction could swim in fresh water pools or salt water pools then tour the building to see some of Sutro’s most amazing artifacts collected during his world travels. The venue even featured a concert hall and ice skating rink. Sounds like a pretty fun hangout!
Because of Sutro’s interest in history and marine life, he constructed an ocean pool aquarium on the rocks north of the Cliff House. During high tide, the Pacific Ocean could fill the 1.7 million gallon pool within an hour. The pools were complete with waterslides and trapezes holding 10,000 swimmers at once. In the late 1890s, railroad lines offered transportation to the site, making it even more attractive for families and visitors. After the Great Depression the Sutro Baths were not bringing in enough money to maintain costs and were forced to close. In 1966 a fire broke out at the structure and it was never restored to its original glory.
American Income Life Explores the Grounds
Explore the caverns connecting to the water, but beware the grounds can be dangerous for visitors depending on the tide. When you leave the ruins, be sure to grab a bite at Sutro’s at the Cliff House, The Bistro, or the Terrace Room.
What do you think? Want to check it out during #AILConvention2014? You’ll get awesome photographs and have the opportunity to see more of San Francisco’s uncommon history.