Back in the 1960s, San Francisco had really bad television reception. By many accounts, it was the worst of any city in America.
Good reception required a clear line of sight from the broadcast tower to your TV antenna, and in hilly San Francisco this was a challenge. Broadcasters began the hunt for a location to build a very tall tower that could send a clear TV signal far and wide.
A site was selected and plans were drawn up — but not without a bounty of controversy.
Read the full web story: Sutro Tower: The Origins of an 'Eyesore'
Video from Jessica's trip to the top: A Trip to the Top of Sutro Tower