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San Francisco Zoo (Images of America)

By Katherine Girlich

In 1922, philanthropist and president of the San Francisco Parks fee, Herbert Fleishhacker, bought a 60-acre web site in southwestern San Francisco. Fleishhacker Pool was once inbuilt 1925 and an adjacent zoo extra in 1929. initially known as Fleishhacker Zoo, it featured various unique flora and fauna. significant indicates have been inbuilt the Nineteen Thirties melancholy period as a part of the paintings development management (WPA). This ebook celebrates the San Francisco Zoo's 80-year historical past because it revisits adored animals and buildings like Monkey Island, Storyland, and Dentzel Carousel. The zoo holds a different position within the hearts of many, because it is a smart San Francisco treasure alongside the foggy seashores of Ocean seashore.

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Five million. (Courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo. ) FLEISHHACKER ZOO Orangutans in 1931 invite viewers into the personal Fleishhacker Zoo that opened years past in 1929. This early zoo predated the development of the ten WPA shows and was once situated on forty eight acres belonging to Herbert Fleishhacker. (Courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo. ) Gold Rush magnate Robert B. Woodward opened Woodward’s Gardens on may well four, 1866. situated within the venture District at Valencia and 15th Streets, the 4-acre playground served as a spot for households to sail, skate, and revel in appealing gardens and concert events. The attractive animal assortment consisted of black swans, deer, a sea lion pond, endure grottos, and an aviary. town closed Woodward’s Gardens in 1890 and divided the valuables into construction plenty. (Courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo. ) Monarch used to be a California grizzly whose dating with San Francisco all started in 1889 while founding father of the San Francisco Examiner William Randolph Hearst challenged reporter Allen Kelly to discover a dwell grizzly. Lured right into a capture pen via honey and mutton, Monarch used to be captured and welcomed on the Townsend highway educate station through a crowd of over 20,000 humans. (Courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo. ) Monarch lived in Woodward’s Gardens for a 12 months sooner than relocating to Golden Gate Park, the place he sired cubs. He grew to become an in demand determine within the eyes of many San Franciscans, as he exemplified the significance of preserving the disappearing local flora and fauna. Monarch lived for sixteen years, even though he by no means resided within the zoo’s present situation at Ocean seashore. After his loss of life, the is still have been despatched to the California Academy of Sciences for mounting. His snapshot was once used as a version for the California country flag. Monarch touched Fleishhacker’s middle, inspiring him to set up a urban zoo. (Courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo. ) The Fleishhacker Municipal Swimming Pool, accomplished in 1925 after and a part years of development and making plans, used to be competently named after its donor, Herbert Fleishhacker. It was once the biggest outside pool on this planet on the time, measuring 1,000 ft in size and one hundred fifty ft in width. whereas the swimming pool was once the first function, Fleishhacker Playfield additionally integrated numerous baseball diamonds and sixteen tennis courts. building expense totaled $750,000. (Courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo. ) This newspaper article used to be released presently sooner than the pool opened to the general public on might three, 1925. 5 thousand swimmers and spectators, paying 25¢ for adults and 15¢ for kids, attended the outlet day nationwide swim meet. Fleishhacker is pictured within the heart besides San Francisco Board of Park Commissioners William F. Humphrey and William Sproule. (Courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo. ) The pool held 6 million gallons of seawater pumped in without delay from the adjacent Pacific Ocean and accommodated 10,000 bathers. A steam plant was once put in to warmth the saltwater pool to a comfy seventy five levels. (Courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo. ) Twelve lifeguards have been consistently on accountability and a few patrolled the pool in rowboats, as a result of its huge, immense dimension.

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