The Sutro Baths in San Francisco were originally built in 1896. At that time, the Sutro Baths were billed as the world’s largest indoor swimming pool. A huge structure was built over a protected inlet of the Pacific Ocean. There were seven swimming pools, one fresh water and the other six salt water. The water was recycled every 5 hours. During high tide, the water came right from the ocean. During low tide, the water came from a pump that was located inside a cave at sea level, and turned off and on from the control room. The building was being torn down in 1966 when a fire finished destroying it. The Sutro Baths are featured in the movie “Harold and Maud” from 1971.
There is not much left of the Sutro Baths today, yet tourists still flock to the area to see the ruins. There a some concrete walls, stairs, and a tunnel remaining. Signs are posted warning of the dangers, as some visitors have drowned. There are two lovely restaurants, “Sutro’s at the Cliff House” and “The Bistro” within walking distance of the Sutro Baths.
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