It's surprising, sometimes, how quickly the works of humans can fall into wreck and ruin. Such is the case with San Francisco's Sutro Baths - one hundred years ago, they were a proud complex of swimming pools. They burned down in 1966, and what's left today is crumbled stone next to the roaring, ceaseless Pacific waves. When I went down to them, I found them strongly reminiscent of the ruins of Pompeii; as if some very lost Romans found their way to the Golden Gate centuries before any other Europeans, and built themselves a city on the shore of an endless ocean.
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