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Old Wynnewood Pool & Dance Hall

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 When I was growing up in Wynnewood, a few blocks north of downtown, there was an old swimming pool/upstairs dance hall, it was located just behind the building which is now the Senior Citizen building across from the city park.

Do you have any information on this old place. The kids in the neighborhood used to play all over in, on and around it.  It was a forbidden place but even my friends and I were all over it. 

I would love to have more information. It had a circular pond like thing in front that had a very realistic concrete aligator built into the bottom, when it rained etc and green algae and everything made it look so lifelike.

Thank for any help.   Nova Hornback   

     I saw it in the 1950s, before and during the year I was going to school at Parkview in 1956.  Parkview was the old school formerly named Lincoln.  As I sat in Mrs. Douthit's 6th grade classroom, I looked out the window to the west one day, and the tall, wooden slide on the west side of the swimming pool was on fire.  The city was burning it down.  The actual pool remained empty -- with only rain water collecting in the bottom of it -- for many more years. 

The alligator was made of concrete and was in a circular concrete pool about 18 inches deep, it also collecting water when it rained. The alligator pool was for decorative purposes and was on the sidewalk outside the swimming pool area.  It was located on the south side of the pool next to the street. 

The old dressing rooms were just a one-story affair when I was a kid.  They were empty, the place having been vacant for years, and everything was running down.  I think the place opened in the 1920s, and I think it shut down sometime before or during World War II -- maybe a little bit after the war, but I doubt it.  They have always said that the sulphur water being piped into the pool from somewhere southeast of town towards the town of Sulphur ate the pipes up which delivered the water, and they just never did lay new pipes.  I have always heard that the pool was the largest and deepest in the state.... Don't know if that was just a Wynnewood brag or not.  I do know that one other brag was true.  The water tower, which we still have, was the tallest above-ground storage tank in the state.  It had to be tall enough to pump water up and over the hill.  The old dressing rooms are still there, but they have been covered with sheet iron and are being used by the city for storage and working on vehicles.  Sometime in the 1970s or 1980s, the pool was filled in with dirt, and it is now where they park the ratty looking city vehicles! 
Submitted by Mike Grissom

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