Re: Lands End/ Sutro Baths “shell mounds”09/30/20
posted by Paul Judge
As a kid playing in the area I assumed the presence of mussel and clam shells the result of contemporary era 'clam bakes'. My friends and I never gave thought as evidence of pre-contact cultural significance. Monterey Morrissey who's family lived at the Marine Exchange mentions he assumed those remnants were discards from customers who purchased seafood from vendors associated with the attractions of the Cliff House - Sutro Baths - Merry Way. In addition to harvesting seafood another attraction to Lands End for the Yalamu people were the wild strawberries that grew in the sand dunes. Gary Kamiya local writer and author of the best-selling book “Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco,” devotes a chapter to this annual harvest. "The 160 to 300 Yelamu living in San Francisco knew all the edible plants in the area — they told the Spanish about another wild strawberry patch in the sand dunes near Lands End — and would have raided the natural larder in their backyard."