Photographer's Note

This was taken in the fog at the ruins of the Sutro Baths, a popular hot springs type spa in San Francisco in the early 1900s.

Here's a description from a Google search:
"It opened March 14, 1896 (with a $1 million pricetag—an extravagant public bathhouse envisioned and developed by the eccentric one-time mayor of San Francisco, Adolph Sutro") and eventually—after working its way through its many lives (Playland, 1960s ice rink, etc..)— burned down while being demolished on June 26, 1966. In 1980 the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) bought the land for $5,500,000.

Beyond its striking location and colorful history, it's especially remarkable for such a place to exist in a country where few structures past their best days survive. It's allowed to be harrowing and wild in a time and place where shampoos carry warnings and most interesting things are cordoned off for your protection. Here's the playground for those who love crumbling stone clubhouses, jutting pipe monkeybars, stairways that lead you off cliffs and shifting sandboxes that get swallowed by surf."

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