• peeking in, or peeing in??? LOL - Λl℮Roda®
  • Oh great! Securing door with lock? I think someone forgot to read the rules before leaving this place. One word for you Bob: TRESPASSING! LOL! - Λl℮Roda®
  • This is where the golden shower got to! - Brent 2
  • Ahhhhh !!!! Man you guys are too funny !!! I love it :-)

Murphy Windmill, Golden Gate Park. S.F (peeking in)

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Golden Gate Park windmill facts
The history of Golden Gate Park's north and south windmills:

1870: The "Act to Provide for the Improvement of Public Parks in the City of San Francisco'' creates Golden Gate Park.

1901: The Recreation and Park Commission authorizes the construction of a windmill 300 yards from the ocean. This windmill could take advantage of the prevailing winds to pump water for park irrigation.

1902: The Dutch (north) windmill is completed at a cost of $25,000.

1905: Samuel Murphy, vice president of Hibernia Bank, finances the south (Murphy) windmill. It becomes the largest of its kind in the world.

1913: Motorized pumps are installed to augment the wind-driven system. With the windmills no longer performing a primary function, their maintenance is neglected and they eventually cease to operate.

1964: Eleanor Rossi Crabtree, daughter of late Mayor Angelo Rossi, initiates a campaign to save the north, or Dutch, windmill.

1980: As a result of the campaign, the north windmill gets cosmetic repairs.

1993: The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, with San Francisco Beautiful, arranges for an extensive study of the south (Murphy) windmill. Lucas Verbij, a Dutch windmill design and construction expert, concludes that the windmill is in need of immediate attention.

2000: The city commits $500,000 toward Murphy Windmill restoration.

ecotist, Ro_Ya, 29moons, Brent 2, and 35 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Brent 2 106 months ago | reply

    I love the red sun glasses!

  2. Eggz [deleted] 106 months ago | reply

    Bob, the mayor must have given you the keys to the city! You've got an all access pass.

    Some good work in this.

  3. 4PIZON 106 months ago | reply

    Oh you know how it is Scott !! Not just me, he saw us ALL coming !! Thanks buddy !!

  4. Jon, 106 months ago | reply

    Great history and a sweet photo!

  5. 4PIZON 106 months ago | reply

    Thanks Jon ;-)

  6. Sati Kobashi [deleted] 106 months ago | reply

    Very interesting treatment!
    And the shape of the door, don't know why, reminds me a head...
    Great work! :o)

    Found deep inside the secret crypt of
    Stuck in Customs Brilliant Cabal!

  7. 4PIZON 106 months ago | reply

    Thank you Sati Kobahi !!

  8. Filth215 106 months ago | reply

    the colors and the lighting in this are awesome

  9. Photagan [deleted] 106 months ago | reply

    You Rock!

  10. 4PIZON 106 months ago | reply

    Hey thanks Filth215, photoflow !!!

  11. Adge 106 months ago | reply

    A half million to restore? Hmmm...could probably build several primary-power windmills in the same location for that price...but definitely without the aesthetic that this one has. You continually find awesome places to take pictures.

  12. 4PIZON 106 months ago | reply

    I'm gonna have to agree with ya on that one. Thanks for kind words !! Have a great week ;-)

  13. Kade © 78 months ago | reply

    very cool :)

  14. 4PIZON 78 months ago | reply

    Hey thanks justcallmekade ;-)


  15. Esco Suave [deleted] 75 months ago | reply

    Beautiful photos, fantastic work I've look though a multitude of your work I have not replied to all of them but I have seem most of them, I would love to learn and acquire technical knowledge from you if you have time.

    I have three photos I would love your expertise on, if you can give some constructive feedback I would be thrilled thanks.


    G. Suave

  16. Victor Gregorio 69 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Reflect SF, and we'd love to have this added to the group and showcased on our website!

  17. fairy.water_1 62 months ago | reply

    awesome use of the arch framing the staircase

  18. 4PIZON 61 months ago | reply

    Much thanks ;-)

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