Joe Rosato Jr. | NBC Ch. 11
Adolph Sutro was one of those
forward-thinking pioneers. His stunning creations at San Francisco’s
Ocean Beach include Sutro Baths, the massive Victorian version of the
Cliff House - and a hilltop mansion lined with Greek Statues. Though
all those edifices are now gone - curiosity over Sutro’s buildings
so on a recent day, a group of students from San Francisco’s Ida B.
Wells High School dug into the ground at the base of Sutro Heights Park,
probing the churned-up soil for any artifacts of Sutro’s reign.
“We know Adolph Sutro was here,” student Mika Henderson said. “But we don’t know none of his employees who worked here.”
work site was just down the hill from where Sutro’s mansion stood, at a
lower site once occupied by his workers’ homes. The budding student
archaeologists were guided by National Park Service rangers who are
piecing together a collection of artifacts and stories from the land.
“This is us trying to grow a new
collection for the park of the people who built this place, rather than
the people who owned this place.” said Leo Barker, chief archaeologist
of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
worked in small square plots, shoveling dirt into buckets which they
dumped onto wooden sifters. The students shook the dirt - probing
through the clumpy remains.
“They’re hoping we can find some of the stuff that the people had who lived here,” Henderson said.
two-day dig turned-up plenty of artifacts reflecting the many decades
since people first turned up at Ocean Beach. Pieces of ceramic dishes
and broken glass were among the common take. Barker said the area had
once been picnic grounds. There were chunks of concrete, most likely
part of the foundation of the homes that stood there. Henderson and
another student also hit upon what became the expedition’s most
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