Historic Sites

San Francisco Zoo & Gardens was once the site of the world's largest swimming pool in an age when civic leaders created recreational attractions that were billed as the biggest, longest, tallest and most original. 

Fleishhacker Pool

Fleishhacker Pool, the largest swimming pool in the United States, was located right next to the San Francisco Zoo for 47 years. Its storied history includes movie stars the 1920’s and 1930’s such as Johnny Weismuller, Esther Williams and Ann Curtis. The pool — so large that lifeguards used wooden row boats to make their way across — was also used by the military for drills and exercises, and was an ideal pool to host swimming meets and races. The pool holds fond memories for many San Franciscans, who to this day can recall when they swam in this colossal pool.


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