Fleishhacker Baths
San Francisco, known for being a baseball town was also a swimming town. Fleishhacker Baths was at one time the largest outdoor swimming pool in the world at 1000 feet long by 150 feet wide. Offically opening April 23, 1925, the pool was so large that the life guard patrolled it by row boat.
In 1971 a storm damaged the pipes that fed the ocean into the pool. The pool was emptied and filled with fresh water. Algae bloomed like crazy and the pool was closed. This location is a fascinating experience in human nature. It is a Squatter Metropolis. I can not even begin to imagine how many years of garbage is piled in some of the rooms, or how many people actually live there.
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