San Francisco Points of Interest
Sutro Tower and the Pink Triangle
Each year, on the weekend of the Pride Parade, volunteers install a pink triangle on Twin Peaks. In Nazi concentration camps, suspected homosexuals were forced to wear pink triangles. Like the word queer, we have appropriated the pink triangle as a symbol of pride and solidarity.
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Sutro Tower was built by Kline Towers of Columbia, South Carolina. Construction began in 1971. Transmissions began on July 4, 1973.
Adolph Sutro, the King of the Comstock Lode, had a mansion located near the spot where Sutro Tower stands today.
When viewed from a distance, the tower appears to stand on Twin Peaks. This is not so. Nor does it stand on Mount Sutro. Rather, it stands on a hill between Twin Peaks and Mount Sutro.
Sutro Tower, with a height of 977 feet, is the second tallest structure in San Francisco. The top of the tower is 1,811 feet above sea level.
Like the Salesforce Tower and the Transamerica Pyramid, Sutro Tower is visible from much of San Francisco and neighboring counties. Also like the Salesforce Tower and the Transamerica Pyramid, Sutro Tower had many detractors when it was new. You can guess a San Franciscan's age by his or her opinion of Sutro Tower. The more a person likes the tower, the younger that person is. It's a generational thing.
On a clear day, I sometimes picture Karl the Fog slumbering beneath the hills of San Francisco. Sutro tower is Karl's portal between his subterranean state and his ethereal state. Karl moves between these two dimensions like a benign Smoke Monster.