Sunday, January 6, 2013

Swimming at the Chestnut Street Pool in Erie PA

Chestnut Street Pool photo © John E. Baker 2012, used with permission of the photographer.
Looks like these girls are having a great time splashing around in the Chestnut Street Pool in Erie, PA. Photographer John E. Baker captured this great shot of girls gathering on the platform, ready to jump into the cool water on a hot summer day. Boys and girls swam on alternate days. 

Lots of Erie kids learned to swim here, and many remember skinning their knees on the rough bottom of the cement pool. Another piece of Erie history that holds a special place in the hearts of so many people.  The pool has since been filled in, but you can still see its outline as you drive by on the Bayfront Highway.

Here is a link to an old postcard of the Chestnut Street Pool:

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