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Here is an old advertisement from my local hometown paper circa 1957. I remember growing up and summer always started after the last day of school and the Stephenville city pool opened for the first time. It was a big deal to all of the local kids. I spent many a summer day in our city pool at the city park in the later 60`s and early 70`s. It was always full, and we lived about 4 blocks away and I could walk to it. Not too many people had pools back then like so many do now days and we would get to swim in stock tanks, deep holes on the Bosque River and Proctor Lake when we were lucky. I remember playing little league and no one could go swimming on a game day because you would be too tired. Simpler times for sure.

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Closest city park pool was to far away from us, we swam in the creek or dug out gravel pits that filled with water.
We did have one friend with a pool that lived a couple blocks away and every now and then got to swim in it.

We did make the trip to the big public pool on our bicycles a couple of times, I got thrown out once for doing a Ball Buster off the high dive grin

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I was born too late, I needed to be alive back then

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Originally Posted by Stub
Closest city park pool was to far away from us, we swam in the creek or dug out gravel pits that filled with water.
We did have one friend with a pool that lived a couple blocks away and every now and then got to swim in it.

We did make the trip to the big public pool on our bicycles a couple of times, I got thrown out once for doing a Ball Buster off the high dive grin

We had several ponds near us, some we didn't have permission to swim in but that didn't stop us most of the time. The city pool was where we took our swimming lessons. It was in the middle of town and we lived outside of the city limits. It was a 4 mile bike ride through town and it was safer to swim in the ponds. I had forgotten about swimming in the wide washout areas in the creek though. Good memories.

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I was born too late, I needed to be alive back then

Yea I hate it for ya can't imagen what your life will be like in thirty years, I bet it'll suck.


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We went to the hotel across the highway to swim. No one ever questioned us. Later we had several municipal pools.


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My mom had a landscaping business when we were little so we would ride around with her most summers mowing yards. She would typically finish up early afternoon and then we'd all go to he community pool. When we got a littlenolder we would ride down to the lake and make a ramp up the stairs of the gazebo at the community center and jump off into the lake on our bikes. I lost a pretty nice Mongoose and got my little azz blistered by dad. We figured out that a life jacket around the handlebars made them easier to find in the murky lake.

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Nothing beat swimming in a stock tank after hauling 500+ bales of hay out of the field and stacking them in a hot barn.

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I was born too late, I needed to be alive back then

Yea I hate it for ya can't imagen what your life will be like in thirty years, I bet it'll suck.


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Growing up,swimming meant walking down to the Lake Worth dam and either hitting the restricted area or the big hole. If it was a good year would get to go to Burgers Lake.


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Yep the good old days.
Rode our bikes from daylight to dark, shot BB Guns, swam at the pool, played baseball, football and hung out all summer. We did it all in a pair of cut off Levi's and maybe a T shirt, no shoes needed.

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USAB bases had pools and if not close shuttle busses that would go through the housing areas. When we lived off Base we would hitch a ride or ride our bikes. In Abilene we got in free at the VFW and American Legion pools.


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Swam in that pool many times. My dad was probably at that pool the same time you were.

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We had White Rock Creek and a rope swing.


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We lived near a country club and they had a pool. I was 5 when the heatwave of 1980 hit, Mom said it was cheaper for us to have swimming lessons and to go swimming every day during the summer than to run the air. So that's what we did. Mom would drop us off and leave us. It was an Olympic size pool with a slide and two diving boards. There was a kiddie pool for a few years, but it was eventually filled in. They got rid of the big pool and small clubhouse several years back and put in a larger clubhouse, but I don't think there is a pool. I miss those days.

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Fort Sam provided some good pools and most notably the one on Salado Creek. We preferred the dam at Ingram, Stinky Falls, Blue Hole, Hamilton's Pool, any place on the Guadalupe with a rope swing and even swimming in Salado Creek itself, up by Loop 410. Mrs. Crow's cistern weren't bad either.

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We swam in the city pool. Biggest thrill was riding bikes out to some irrigation tanks to fish and then swim. Lots of farmers would let us swim if we asked. These were true oasises in the desert of southern NM.

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Originally Posted by Stub
I got thrown out once for doing a Ball Buster off the high dive grin


We would occasionally get a trip to our local pool in my youth. We would get a 10 minute penalty for doing a gainer and splashing the lifeguard or performing another maneuver off the high dive we called the “urban cowboy”, even though at that age none of us really knew what urban meant. It was an honor as a seventh grader to have to sit with one of the hot HS senior lifeguards and do our time. I did get kicked out my 8th grade year. There was a sandal called Tiddies that was all the rage at the time, and they used surgical tubing to go over your feet. The village idiot kid Ernie B. Decided to pop me across the back with a piece of the tubing, and I gave him a proper beat down in front of everyone. Despite most of the adults that witnessed it telling the manager the kid deserved it, he ended up giving both of us a week suspension from the pool.

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I grew up in the Casa View area and we had the Harry Stone pool and the McCree pool to go swimming.

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Originally Posted by Sidebuster
I grew up in the Casa View area and we had the Harry Stone pool and the McCree pool to go swimming.


What years?
I grew up in Casa View, was less than a block from the Casa View Elementary pool but did go to Fuzzy Rock quite a bit too.....
We would ride our bikes and skateboards all day and would slide into a hotel or apartment pool to cool off.
When we were driving age we would sneak into the Village Country Club pool at night.


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Originally Posted by angus1956
Yep the good old days.
Rode our bikes from daylight to dark, shot BB Guns, swam at the pool, played baseball, football and hung out all summer. We did it all in a pair of cut off Levi's and maybe a T shirt, no shoes needed.



We did all those things and I graduated high school in 2003.

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I used to do tricks off the high dive and impress the girls.. smile ani

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Originally Posted by LoneStarSon
We lived near a country club and they had a pool. I was 5 when the heatwave of 1980 hit, Mom said it was cheaper for us to have swimming lessons and to go swimming every day during the summer than to run the air. So that's what we did. Mom would drop us off and leave us. It was an Olympic size pool with a slide and two diving boards. There was a kiddie pool for a few years, but it was eventually filled in. They got rid of the big pool and small clubhouse several years back and put in a larger clubhouse, but I don't think there is a pool. I miss those days.


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Originally Posted by LoneStarSon
We lived near a country club and they had a pool. I was 5 when the heatwave of 1980 hit, Mom said it was cheaper for us to have swimming lessons and to go swimming every day during the summer than to run the air. So that's what we did. Mom would drop us off and leave us. It was an Olympic size pool with a slide and two diving boards. There was a kiddie pool for a few years, but it was eventually filled in. They got rid of the big pool and small clubhouse several years back and put in a larger clubhouse, but I don't think there is a pool. I miss those days.



So we weren't the only ones...

No country club here but mom made sure we stayed at the one of the public pools all day. We had swim team lessons in the morning, Life Saving around noon, then swim team practice again in the afternoon. It was too far to walk home so we were there all day until she came to pick us up. If it wasn't for being towheaded we were tan enough that we could have passed for Mexicans.


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