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Hints of History

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, April 1, 2019
1. Hints of History Marker
Inscription.  
Looking around today's Ocean Beach, it's difficult to visualize Playland and the surrounding areas as they once were. But there are plenty of reminders all around you.

Just south of here at Golden Gate Park's west entry stands the Dutch windmill, which was built in 1902 and renovated in 1982. It pumped water from underground to fill man-made lakes and aid in the park's construction.

To the north, the Cliff House exhibits historical photos and memorabilia. Built in 1909, it is a descendant of the original, which burned down in 1894, as did its replacement in 1907. Downstairs you'll find the Musée Mechanique, home to arcade games relocated from Playland and Sutro Baths, and a replica of the Fun House's infamous Laughing Sal (drop in some coins to hear her haunting howl). On the terrace, visitors can peer into the Camera Obscura, built in 1940. It is the largest optical device in the west, offering a revolving panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.

Sutro Baths, beyond the Cliff House, lost its popularity over time despite attempts to revitalize with new attractions. In 1966, owner George Whitney gave up and
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Courtesy: Marilyn Blaisdell Collection
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Chutes-at-the-Beach opens with nine rides, 1922.
sold the property, which caught fire and burned during its demolition. Today, only the ruins remain as an exploration site for curious beachgoers.

The It's It, Playland's famous ice cream and cookie sandwich — which the Whitney brothers invented — can still be purchased at most grocery stores.

And the Ocean Beach Terminal, where you now stand, once bridged the gap between Playland and a city that was miles of sand dunes away.

"This is the magic of Playland...you see, Playland is associated with all of our memories that are near and dear to our hearts. So when we think about Playland, we rekindle those feelings..."
Dave Warren
 
Erected 1996.
 
Location. 37° 46.406′ N, 122° 30.591′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Cabrillo Street and La Playa Street, on the right when traveling west on Cabrillo Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94121, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Turning Sand to Gold (here, next to this marker); The City at Play (here, next to this marker); A Memorable Muse (here, next to this marker); Ticket to Ride (a few steps
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Courtesy: Marilyn Blaisdell Collection
3. Hints of History Marker
Assorted Playland eateries between Balboa and Cabrilla on the Great Highway
from this marker); Historical Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Roald Amundsen (approx. ¼ mile away); The New Cliff House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Schooner Parallel “Blown to Atoms” 1887 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .
1. Playland at the Beach. (Submitted on April 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Golden Gate Park Windmills & Tulips. (Submitted on April 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
3. Cliff House, San Francisco. (Submitted on April 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
4. Musée Mécanique. Musée Mécanique moved to Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf in 2002. (Submitted on April 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

5. Camera Obscura. (Submitted on April 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
6. Sutro Baths History. (Submitted on April 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
7. It's It Ice Cream: About Us. (Submitted on April 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
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Courtesy: San Francisco Public Library
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The Fun House circa 1960.
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By Joel Seewald, April 1, 2019
5. Hints of History Marker
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By Joel Seewald, April 1, 2019
6. Playland-at-the-Beach markers
This marker is third from the left.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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