Digging Up the Foundations of Sutro Tower

Sutro Tower from Glenbrook Avenue

The Origins and History of San Francisco’s TV Tower…   Sutro Tower has stood on top of Mount Sutro so long that it is hard remembering a time when it wasn’t there. I was born two months before its patriotic birthday on July 4th, 1973; and so, for me, it has nearly always resided over the city. It has been celebrated and panned by locals and visitors alike. Herb Caen always had the best insults for the tower, such as “”I keep waiting for it to stalk down the hill and attack the Golden Gate Bridge” or visualizing it to a “giant erector set that was stalking to march down and eat…” Fritz Leiber, in the opening of his novel Our Lady of Darkness called it “The TV tower — San Francisco’s Eiffel, you could call it — was broad-shouldered, slender-waisted, and long-legged like a beautiful and stylish woman — […]

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Jack London and the Valley of the Moon

A History and Tour of Jack London’s Ranch in the Sonoma Valley, California… Jack London was a prolific writer of the early 20th century, composing famous stories about adventure, survival, the Alaskan experience—stories such as “To Build a Fire” and “White Fang.” He was also a fierce advocate for socialism and workers’ rights. What many people don’t’ know is that he was also an avid rancher, and passionate devotee and resident of the Sonoma Valley. North of San Francisco in Sonoma County, west of Napa Valley and adjoining a family winery, resides a large ranch, now part of the Jack London State Historic Park. It is called “Beauty Ranch.”This is where Jack London, the legendary adventure writer, began to take his themes and ideas, which are rooted in his literary work, and put them into action. It would be one of London’s homes and his model for his Jeffersonian ideas […]

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