Mighty Life List
Jul 13 2010

See the view from Coit Tower? Check.

Seeing the view from Coit Tower is part of my Mighty Life List goal of getting to know San Francisco like the back of my hand. What have you crossed off your list lately? Let us know in comments.

For those of you not from around here, this is the impressively phallic Coit Tower, which was built as a monument to fire fighters in 1933. Lillie Hitchcock Coit, who bequeathed the money for the project, was so fond of chasing fires around the city and pitching in to help the brigades that she became a mascot of the Knickerbocker Engine Company No. 5. She also smoked cigars and wore trousers so she could gamble in male-only establishments.

I was looking forward to climbing the stairs, but apparently they’ve been closed for 28 years for liability. An old elevator takes you to the top, and you only climb the last winding flight.

The view up there is incredible. It helped me orient myself in the city — I’m notoriously bad with directions — and gave me a better idea of just how small and lovely San Francisco is. We tried to take the tour, but it was too hard to hear, which is a bummer because I’d really like to know what’s going on in this mural:

Oh my.

Anyway, if you’re ever in San Francisco, this is worth doing. I can’t believe it took me so long to get up there.