Sutro Baths Open in San Francisco
Do you like to splash around in water? You
would have loved the turn-of-the-century Sutro Baths. Mayor
Adolph Sutro made a big splash in San Francisco when he opened
the popular Sutro Baths on March 14, 1896. Seven thousand people
gathered at Ocean Beach, below the beautiful Cliff House Hotel,
to celebrate the opening of the extravagant public bathhouse.
What a big, fun place to visit!
Inside the enormous
glass structure that housed the Sutro Baths were seven pools,
more than 500 private dressing rooms, viewing galleries,
restaurants, and natural history exhibits. Oh, and a giant slide
that led into a pool of steam-heated seawater piped in from the
Pacific. The Sutro Baths are now only ruins below a new Cliff
House. But you can still visit there, walk along Ocean Beach,
and imagine a frolicking day at the Sutro Baths. This old movie
of Sutro should help; check it out. Is your public pool anything
like it? Ask your parents or grandparents if they ever visited
or heard of the Sutro Baths.