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Retro Rewind - Posted June 24, 2016 11:52 a.m.
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Amarillo Country Club’s City Champions

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Scorching summer afternoons send countless Amarillo families to the cool refreshment of a local swimming pool, from the city’s public pools (Southeast, Southwest, and Thompson Park) to members-only locations like local country clubs or the Amarillo Town Club’s two aquatics parks. Eighty years ago, Amarillo had far fewer options for beating the heat. Near Route 66 and Georgia Street, the Amarillo Natatorium opened as a community swimming pool in 1922 only to be covered with a dance floor in 1926. The city opened its first public pool at Thompson Park in 1931 – an above-ground pool that’s still being used today. Members of the private Amarillo Country Club also enjoyed the use of that facility’s pool during the 1930s, as evidenced by this 1937 photo of the ACC’s championship youth swimming and diving team, labeled “City Champions.” (If you know any details about this early municipal swimming and diving championship, please get in touch with us!)

by Jason Boyett

Jason has written more than a dozen books and is the host and creator of “Hey Amarillo”, a local interview podcast. Visit heyamarillo.com and jasonboyett.com.
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