Saturday, April 01, 2006

A Little Victoria Pool History

History of the Victoria Pool: When the Victoria Pool, known originally as the Spa Pool, opened July 26, 1935 at 6:30 P. M. it was the northermost outdoor swimming pool in America to be so built. It was one of only two heated outdoor pools in existence at that time in the United States and boasted an innovative cleaning system that changed and filtered the water three times every 24 hours. Another unusual feature was underwater illumination, making swimming at night in the glow of submarine lights a unique activity. How many public pools have chandeliered entrance foyers? Two sculpted lion's heads that once spouted the spa's mineral waters in a fountain are evident on walls of the surrounding courtyard. And the words "Bath House" inscribed over the entrance are indicative of the pool's timelessness. Some say the "Vic" is addictive. Like the characters in the movie "Cocoon", discovered about their pool, there is something magical about the Victoria, enduring and restorative. The "Vic" is as much a place to be, as it is a place to swim. Many bathers just come to soak up the sun, and experience the old style charm of this jewel in the crown of the Spa State Park. From Poor Richard's Journal, June 1993 by Jill Wing

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