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Sutro Heights

Sutro Heights, overlooking SF's Ocean Beach, was the developed-from-sand-dunes estate of Adolph Sutro.
Born in Prussia in 1830, he arrived in SF in 1851 and made his fortune designing the very complex
ventilation and drainage tunnels for the Comstock Lode silver mines in Virginia City, Nevada.
Sutro used his fortune to benefit his adopted city, and near the end of his life served briefly as SF's mayor.
Below his cliff-top estate, he built the Sutro Baths, the world's largest salt water swimming facility.