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A screen shot from 'Panoramic view of beach and Cliff House.'

Slide and splash at the Sutro Baths!

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Sutro Baths Open in San Francisco
March 14, 1896

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.
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VIDEO CREDIT: "Panorama of beach and Cliff House / American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.," 1903. Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress. Call Number LC 1762 (paper pos).