Lots of talk lately about Lake Eanes has made me do a little digging, wondering when the “new” swimming pool was built, doing away with the old swimming hole. I found my answer in 1931. Of course, when I arrived there, I found the usual volunteers doing the work!
In 1931, the Rector Cunningham Post of the American Legion made plans to do some renovating of the Lake Eanes Park by adding some more playground equipment and a new swimming pool. Joining with Post Commander, J.B. Allcorn, and Committee Chairman, Romee Walker, were Lions Club rep, N.N. Durham, City Council rep, Homer Wilhelm, and Wade Everidge, the rep from the city.
Other members of the post that I am aware of were Jack Moore and Bob Stanton.
And then….I dug a little deeper, all the way into 1939, where I found some amazing numbers.
From Gail Bradshaw’s dinosaur research, I already knew that the caretaker of the old park at that time was a man by the name of Elbert Stewart, and according to Stewart’s report to the city in 1939, every Sunday afternoon of the summer brought over 500 guests to the park. Over 500 people, and they traveled in the vehicles of the 1930s!
Stewart went on to report that during the week there were from 50-100 swimmers per day, and on Sundays, there were often up to 300 people swimming in the “new” swimming pool at one time…in 1939!