Sutro Baths of San Francisco

In 1894, Adolph Sutro built the Sutro Baths in San Francisco, CA. The bath house was designed to give local San Franciscans an inexpensive space to go swimming, although he also included natural history and art history exhibits, featuring artifacts from all over the globe, including Egyptian mummies. After Sutro’s death in 1898, his family maintained the property, which lost popularity through the Great Depression, and eventually was destroyed in a fire in 1966. You can still see the ruins today in San Francisco.

Sources: National Park Service, Atlas Obscura

Published by colloquialisthistory

Sarah is a historian with a BA in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She mostly focuses on European and religious history, but also enjoys branching out to the rest of the world. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, with an end-goal of expanding digital archives (like this one!) to be as open-access and as widely available as possible.

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