California State Automobile
San Francisco Call, 8 March 1900
|An interesting footnote to the Cliff House's history is
that the CSAA was founded at a meeting held at the Cliff House. Here's a
link to the CSAA website that briefly describes the event:
Additional information was provided by CSAA's archivist
As far as we know, no photographs exist of the founding of San Francisco's
first auto club. We know that the original members of the club met at the
Cliff House from an article which appeared in the San Francisco Examiner
March 3, 1900. J.M. Wilkins, the proprietor of the Cliff House, was one of
the founding members and offered his facility as a first meeting place. I
note the picture of Mr. Wilkins on your website - a similar picture can
be found in the lovely book, "A Day at the Seaside: San Francisco's Sutro
Heights, Cliff House and Sutro Baths," (p.44) You're probably already
of this book - if not, the author is Ariel R. Okamoto and it's published
the Golden Gate Parks Association. Until your website, this was the only
picture I'd seen of Mr. Wilkins.
The article in the Examiner is entitled, "Will Introduce the Automobile,"
and appears to be on the front page. The copy that we have is pretty poor
and only shows part of the page. It would not be suitable for
The Cliff House is included in the body of the story, but not in the
I enjoyed your website very much, and thanks for inquiring. I wish I had
more to offer!
CSAA Archives & Historical Services
150 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA. 94102
So to my knowledge no photographs exist of this event.
If anyone knows otherwise, I would very
much like to hear from you.
Automobile Club of California
The SF Call, Saturday, November 30, 1901
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SF Call - 16 August 1907