A couple of years ago when we were planning our 50th CFHS class reunion, someone sent me these photos of our old swimming pool. Some of these photos would have been taken when I was about 9 or 10 years old. Long before Ray Edwards. It was huge – probably the size of 6 Ray Edwards pools! The location of the pool was where the piles and piles and piles of coal are piled down behind the CF Utilities building across 12th Street from the Utilities offices.
The pool was kept full with the warm run-off water from the utilities. It had cement edges, but the bottom was sand. There were even beaches on the side. There was a big area for the little kids and a great slide in the middle and two diving ramps – one specifically for the more daredevil among us.
There was a very select area at the pool for high schoolers and worked your way to that area as you got older. The high school area had a great area for sunbathing and also was the location for the snack shack!
The younger kids could walk over there, but they weren’t allowed to linger and got back to the area “for their age” pretty quickly.
Creepy crawly things thrived in the water: turtles, snakes, and occasionally fish. The river was just behind the pool and was probably connected somehow.
Contributed by Donna McVey Gray, CFHS Class of 1959