Opened in 1925 by Ocean Beach in San Francisco, the Fleishhacker Pool was the largest outdoor saltwater pool ever built. The tank held 6.5 million gallons of filtered, heated sea water pumped from across the street and could accommodate 10,000 swimmers. It was so big the lifeguards used row boats to patrol the sometimes choppy water. Tarzan star Johnny Weissmuller and Esther Williams drew crowds swimming here between the wars. A winter storm broke a drain pipe in 1971 and the pool was closed. These days, the pool is the parking lot for the Zoo (also built by Herbert Fleishhacker in the 1920’s); the opulent Mediterranean bath house was burned down in 2012, most likely by squatters.
ABOUT THE SERIES:
The All that Glitters Series draws from San Francisco’s rich history using historical photos of notable locations. All images for sale in this series are original ink drawings on archival paper, matted with black matte board, ready to frame. All matted works are 9'“ x 12” (22.86cm X 30.48cm).