Also known as: Fishing Rock, Fisherman's Rock
Flag Rock (WNPCHP)
Flag Rock, B 202, Watkins
John Martini (12/24/2021): "Watkins seems to have taken his “new boudoir
series” in the very early 1880s."
The San Francisco Call - Nov 27 1900
This story states that the bridge was built in 1864
Bridge Collapse, Apr 6 1884
Photo from San
Francisco Public Library collection (SFPL AAB-9741)
photo: "Apr 6, 1884."
"Broken Bridge, Cliff House"
Cabinet photo by Rodolph & Co., Oakland, Cal.
John Martini (1/4/2021): "The rock causeway
was built during original construction of the Baths. I read in
Sutro’s engineer's reports that its purpose was to protect the
boulders forming the breakwater on the west side of the Baths. The
causeway was designed to hold the sand in place between Fisherman’s
Rock and Point Lobos/Parallel Point and keep the boulders from being
"Flagstaff Rock and Sutro Baths - Golden Gate"
alternate ebay image: here
John Martini (10/28/2021): "Probably around 1910 based on
other photos of eroding causway."
postcard, dated April 18 1909 (reverse)
"The original causeway stared to deteriorate in
the late 1890s, and by the 1910s was a total ruin."
Sutro Baths west side pc (Mitchell), c. 1915
"It was rebuilt in the concrete form sometime
Nov 20, 1920
"Pacific Ocean & Sutro Bath House Apr. 3, 1921"
Flag Rock causeway, c. 1922
Kodak 35mm Slide
Photographs by Ed Wolf, 1977
"For many years there was a stone pathway that led out
to the big rock below the Cliff House. Once out there
you could check the fishermen's buckets to see if they'd
been lucky. It was slippery out there and occasionally a
freak big wave would come and wash over the entire rock,
wetting everyone. It was dicey to go out there . . . and
edgy to walk out on the stone pathway as well." -
Ed Wolf (12/30/2022)
"Early 1977, I watched this very well dressed woman come
down from where the cars parked up above at the Cliff
House and walk onto the causeway that led out to the
large rock below. She was looking forlornly into the
water and I took this photo. Immediately afterwards, she
jumped into the surf. The water wasn't very deep, but
the waves were rough and pulling her under. Several of
us ran into the water and got her out as her husband
came running down from where their car was parked above.
He dragged her up the hill, screaming at her the whole
way. I've often wondered what happened to her." -
Ed Wolf (12/29/2022)
San Francisco Chronicle - Apr 7, 1884
The San Francisco Examiner - Apr 7 1884
Sacramento Daily Union - 8 April 1884
New York Times - Apr 20 1884
Daily Alta California - 27 April 1884
Daily Alta California - 11 July 1884
Daily Alta California - 19 Nov 1884
Daily Alta California - 21 October 1885
The below story describes an accident that happened less than
a month before the
San Francisco Chronicle - Mar 18, 1884