The many names of Mount Sutro
San Francisco, as we all know, is densely populated. So the possibility of finding any open space for a new, and substantial, “wilderness trail” is next to impossible. Yet, that’s exactly what has happened. The Interior Greenbelt Park opened in the heart of the city earlier this month, on San Francisco’s Mount Sutro. Much of the physical rehabilitation of this 12-acre project involved a community group known as the Sutro Stewards. One of those stewards has been doing more than clearing trails. He has also been clearing up some long-standing confusion about the location’s name. KALW’s Steven Short spoke with him, for this edition of The Source.
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July 11, 2011
STEVEN SHORT: Let’s do something different for a change. This time, let’s start at the end: Mount Sutro is named for mining mogul, mayor, and money-man, Adolph Sutro. You knew that, right?
But let’s go back to the very beginning of our story. Back before Adolph Sutro ever imagined coming to America. Back a couple of years before Adolph Sutro was even born! Back to the time when British Navy Captain William Beechey was sailing the Seven Seas.
DAN SCHNEIDER: Yeah, it was around 1826 to 1827.
That’s Dan Schneider.
SCHNEIDER: I’m with the Sutro Stewards, and an amateur historian.
He says that while Captain Beechey’s ship provided support for other British explorers of that era, he was also a geographer and a mapmaker.
SCHNEIDER: And his job was just to go out and wait and be there. And when not in action, he was to go in and continue exploring the coastline. And on his second visit in...
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