Swimming Pool Memories
Jul 29, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The following is the final installment of responses to The Cadiz Record’s request for stories of our readers’ memories of the American Legion Swimming Pool in Cadiz.

The pool celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, and a good deal of hard work has been made to renovate the facility for this summer. A new diving board was installed last week, and local residents had been enjoying the water even before that.

The Cadiz Record thanks everyone who sent in stories and photos for this summer series.

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My family (Whites) lived in the house 20 feet from the back of the pool. I suspect in some ways our family was synonymous with the pool. We were lucky to just be able to put on our suits and walk across the road to the pool. I can’t imagine what we would have done in the summers without the pool.

We also spent many nights secretly swimming at the pool and sometimes skinny dipping. In the 1960s there was no fence around the pool. One night we got the juke box going, not realizing it would be blaring so loud. I found a wire that unplugged the speakers. So much for being incognito.

When the pool was empty after the summers, it became a playground for us. At three years old, my brother Steve and I were at the pool playing around the lip of the deep end. I watched him as he stepped on a Coke can fell backwards into the empty pool. I didn’t even look. I ran down to get Mom (Priscilla). Somehow he wasn’t hurt. Mom said the angels must have caught him.

Health regulations weren’t so strict in the old days. There were times when the water was so green with algae that you couldn’t see underwater.

Bill White, Tuscon, Ariz. (siblings Christy, Steve, Holly, John)
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