Historical photos show sand-covered Great Highway and Sunset
The Great Highway has been closed for the past few days due to windblown sand covering the road, but these historical photos show that earlier residents of San Francisco’s Sunset District and Ocean Beach areas dealt with sand drifts far worse.
The sand can present a hazard for drivers, and the blasting winds turn Ocean Beach into a miserable place for surfers, fishermen and almost everyone else except a handful of hardy kiteboarders. But when the Outer Sunset and Outer Richmond were first being developed, sand often covered streets, sidewalks and yards many blocks away from the water.
Check out these photos from the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection from the San Francisco Public Library. Titles and captions come from the library’s information on the photographs, including references to “Mr. Fixit,” a column from the old San Francisco News newspaper.