Adolph Sutro: King of the Comstock Lode and Mayor of San Francisco

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In remembrance of Adolph Sutro, who passed away 122 years ago this weekend, join us for a virtual book talk on Friday, August 7 at 4PM.

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In Jeopardy, if given the answer: "He built a four-mile long tunnel in the Nevada desert, the eight-story Victorian Cliff House, the largest enclosed swimming facility in the world, collected over 200,000 items for his private library, and was mayor of San Francisco."

The correct response is: "Who was Adolph Sutro?"

William Huber, the author of a recently-published biography, Adolph Sutro—King of the Comstock Lode and Mayor of San Francisco, will be our guest for a virtual book talk on Friday, August 7th at 4:00 PM.

Famed San Francisco historian, Charles Fracchia, had this to say about the biography:

"Sutro’s name is one of most prominent of the city’s historical figures: Sutro Baths, although gone, is still referenced; Sutro Forest; Sutro Tower. There is probably not another name that remains as prominent and known as his. Dr. Huber’s superb biography records the man and his work in a satisfying manner."

This is a free event, and open to everyone. Register through Eventbrite here. 24 hours before the event, we will email the Zoom information to those who registered.

William Huber's career started at Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1962 and led to his first trip to San Francisco in 1980. The purpose of the trip was to accept the Best Paper Award for his prior year's presentation at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference, but it also led to a love affair with San Francisco. A visit to the Cliff House further focused that love to the Land's End area and its master builder, Adolph Sutro. Dr. Huber's career as an engineer and expert witness in patent litigation cases continued for another 38 years, but he never forgot the incredible achievements of Adolph Sutro. So, when he finally retired from engineering, Huber decided to write about Sutro, his struggle to build a four-mile-long tunnel at the Comstock Lode, and his amazing accomplishments and adventures in San Francisco.

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