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Old 12-21-2011, 04:53 PM   #41
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wow that is a sad photo after looking at that photo i can still see the car siting there on top of the fence laying on the grand stands
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:40 AM   #42
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OK, so for those who have ever had a refreshing slurp from one of Lakeside's drinking fountains in the park over the years,
check out this old ad I ran across.....



"SWIM in Drinking Water in the West's finest indoor pool"

What the....??? UGH! No wonder it tasted so strange!
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:16 AM   #43
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That is a very strange marketing strategy. Swim in drinking water? Makes the pool sound great, but the drinking water???? Not so much.
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:52 PM   #44
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Webby, In the forties and even before there was public swimming in Berkeley lake. There was a swim beach and even a bathhouse (it's still there). As you can imagine the lake was not exactly mountain spring clean. With the threat of Polio, people became more aware swimming in dirty water. It was thought that Polio was transmitted via swimming. I used to have to get a Polio booster shot every summer before I was allowed to go swimming, and I swam in a chlorinated pool. So I think idea of drinking water in the pool was to ease fears. It wasn't until Sabin vacine was introduced in the early '60's that you were immune for life. Polio affected many people in those years. I had a friend whose father had contracted it in the '30's and Miss Peggy's brother Bill was afflicted in the early '50's. Both were able to recover after much determination and walk normally.



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Old 12-12-2012, 05:20 PM   #45
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Speaking of water.....cold, crisp....ahhh...hey wait a minute! OH WHEW...I THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT THAT HE WAS AHHHH....HIS LINE IS STUCK. OR IT WENT OVER THE FALLS.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:30 PM   #46
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Oh man Rick, I'm hoping that his "line is just stuck"! LOL!


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Webby, In the forties and even before there was public swimming in Berkeley lake.....With the threat of Polio, people became more aware swimming in dirty water..... I think idea of drinking water in the pool was to ease fears.
This makes sense Professor. I'm sure the ad meant to send the message that "the water is safe to swim in". It's just that the wording of the day is hilarious, leading one to believe that people are swimming in the water you're drinking. LOL! I think it's interesting to learn that people were actually jumping into the Berk at one time to swim! Another fun history lesson here.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:32 AM   #47
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Hey, guys.
I live right across the street from Lakeside and know there was an indoor pool in that big white casino building. My mom remembers swimming in it. Anyone else? Too many beers, also!
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:15 AM   #48
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I also grew up in the area & took swimming lessons there in the late 50's
Didn't that part catch on fire? Anyone remember when?
We always go to the amusement park at least once every year.
The park seems to be doing well.
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:39 PM   #49
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My Dad was working at station 17 over on Tennison the day it burned down. Denver fire was to respond on a mutual aid call. Dad recalls sitting on the east side of Sheridan and all they could do was to spray water from that side of the street because the Cheif at the time would'nt let them get any closer. Dad said it was sad to watch having grown up there. There are pictures in Dad's scrap book taken of the fire, They are cool but sad also.

The Matterhorn ride and The Flying Dutchman ride and a drink stand are where the Swimming pool used to be.



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Old 12-13-2012, 04:20 PM   #50
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I remember going swimming at Lakeside as I little kid. I can't tell you much about the pool, it seems it was pretty good size. The thing I do remember is the locker room. I went with the kid that lived next door and his big brother. The locker room was total chaos. They had locker attendants with big rings of keys to lock and unlock the lockers. All you heard were the chants of "Lockboy, lockerboy, over here lockerboy."

After the fire, at the start of the '73 racing season CARC laid down the law to us. We were told that the Jefferson County fire marshal had a court order in his pocket and was looking for any excuse to shut the whole place down. Safety with anything flammable was preached. We had to have all of our gas cans painted red and marked "Gas". On my car we had painted a red sqaure and a green square in addition to the words "off" and "on" on our switch panel. We had one of the fireman bring the fire marshal to our car to show that you didn't even have to read, just go by the color. The fire marshal liked it and complimented us. What a relief.

On the lighter side, as a kid I had an aunt that was an Army nurse Captain stationed at Fitzsimmons so I was on the base pretty often. The base had an indoor swimming pool like Lakeside and on the back wall was a sign with a cartoon guy standing in the water blushing bright red surrounded by yellow. It read "We don't swim in your toilet, don't pee in our pool."



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