Adolph Sutro arrived in the United States on 21 November 1851. He married Leah Harris in 1856; they had six children, four girls, and two boys. Adolph Sutro died in 1898. The executor of his estate was one of his daughters. She was a medical doctor: Dr. Emma Sutro Merritt. It took Dr. Emma Sutro Merritt more than ten years to settle her father's estate. She did an excellent job; her father's name is still remembered and widely respected, one hundred and nineteen years after his death.
|This is a view of Ocean Beach, as seen from Sutro Heights. The picture is looking south.
|The San Francisco Ferry Building was designed in 1892 and was completed in 1898. It is located on the Embarcadero at Market Street.
|Streetcar #1893 was built in Italy in 1928 for the Milan, Italy municipal streetcar line. It is now in service on the San Francisco F streetcar line.
|Streetcar #1057 was built in 1948 and is painted to honor Cincinnati, Ohio, which ran streetcars from 1939 to 1951. It is now in service on the San Francisco F streetcar line.
|I took a San Francisco public transit bus to Geary Boulevard at Arguello Street and began my ramble to Sutro Heights and the Pacific Ocean. This picture was taken on Clement Street. This mother and daughter are the same people seen in a photo that I snapped during November 2016 on Clement Street.
|These pictures of Adolph Sutro were taken by Mathew Brady sometime between 1865 and 1880.
|THEN This picture of the Sutro Baths was taken in 1897. The buildings were constructed in 1894.
|NOW A fire destroyed the Sutro Baths in 1966. The rock outcropping straight ahead is known as North Seal Rock.
|This map of Sutro Heights and Sutro Baths is circa 1896.
|THEN This is a picture of the second Cliff House constructed at this location. The picture was taken in 1896; Adolph Sutro spent $75,000 to build this beautiful building; the Cliff House is resplendent in all its glory. The photo was taken from the observation tower located on Sutro Heights Plaza. Seal Rocks are visible, as is a steamship about to enter San Francisco Bay. This version of the Cliff House was destroyed by fire on 7 September 1907. A picture of the observation tower may be seen in this picture gallery.
|THEN This picture was taken in 1868. It is a photo of the first Cliff House. The photographer was Carlton Watkins (1829-1916). Mr. Watkins was a famous American photographer of the 19th Century, and his area of expertise was landscape photography. The first Cliff House was destroyed by fire in1894
| NOW I took this picture of the third iteration of the Cliff House. The building has had numerous modifications over the past one hundred and five years, but it is still the same essential building. This photo was taken from the Plaza on Sutro Heights Parapet.
|THEN This is the entry gate to Sutro Heights as seen in 1886. The Sutro family donated 18 acres of property to San Francisco in 1938. In 1939 the Works Progress Administration (WPA) demolished the residence. Most statues were removed, except for the Lions at the entry gate. Sutro Heights Park is no longer a city park; it is now a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
|NOW The Lions are still guarding the entryway to Sutro Heights.
|THEN. The Sutro Heights Parapet and plaza as seen circa 1894. Note the observation tower, and in addition, please note the stairway seen in both this photo and the below photograph.
|NOW. This photo of the Sutro Heights Parapet was taken from the North Esplanade. Note the same stairway as seen in both of the above photographs.
|THEN. This picture of the Sutro Heights Conservatory was taken in 1896.
|NOW. This was the site of the Sutro Heights Conservatory.
|Ah yes, here is where the mouth of San Francisco Bay meets the Pacific Ocean. The view is looking north.
|Moving through Lands End and rambling northeast on the Coastal Trail.
|This photograph was taken from the Lands End Trail. Ahead is a small cove which is known as China Beach. Surrounding China Beach is a portion of the Seacliff neighborhood of San Francisco. The beach visible on the left is part of Baker Beach, located within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It was previously a part of the Presidio, an Army military base. China Beach is a part of the City and County of San Francisco. This view is looking southeast.
|A view of the Golden Gate Bridge as seen from the Lands End Trail. Angel Island is visible behind the bridge. This view is looking east.
|Going to downtown San Francisco on a Muni Metro 38R bus. The bus is now on Geary Boulevard, traveling east through the Richmond District.
|The distance traveled was approximately 6.3 miles (10.1 kilometers). Mile markers are displayed on the GPS-generated track. The cumulative elevation gain was about 471 feet (144 meters).