Adolph Heinrich Joseph Sutro was born in Aachen, Prussia, April 29, 1830. He had an excellent education in the field of mining engineering. He arrived in San Francisco aboard the steamship "California" November 21, 1850, and immediately engaged in trade, first in San Francisco and later in Stockton.
In 1859, when the Comstock Lode made headlines, he was again attracted to
mining. He established a small mill, called the Sutro Metallurgical Works,
in East Dayton, Nevada, for the reduction of ores by an improved process of
amalgamation, and was responsible for planning and construction of the Sutro
Tunnel. This tunnel made it possible to drain and ventilate the many mines
in the Comstock Lode and to permit the miners to safely bring out the rich
In 1879 Sutro sold his tunnel to the McCalmont brothers and countless lesser
investors, and he returned to San Francisco.
In 1879 Sutro sold his tunnel to the McCalmont brothers and countless lesser investors, and he returned to San Francisco.
He ran for mayor of San Francisco in 1894 on the Populist ticket, as the "Anti-Octopus" candidate, which opposed the politics of the Southern Pacific Railroad. He served one term.
At one time he owned
Adolph Sutro died in San Francisco August 8, 1898.
Also see: Adolph Sutro; A Brief Story of a Brilliant Life, by Eugenia Kellogg Holmes.