It wasn't until the turn of the 20th century that pools became popular in Kansas towns. Before then, Kansans sought summer relief with quick dips in farm ponds, creeks and riverbeds.
Many of the nation's first pools were private or built for country clubs, such as the one constructed for the Wichita Country Club in 1913.
A sign of prosperity for a growing community was a swimming pool. Some of the older pools are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
One is the Colby Swimming Pool and Bath House. Built in 1941, it was one of 20 constructed across the state as part of a Works Progress Administration project. The Colby pool features an art deco bathhouse.
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Nearly nine decades after it opened, the mammoth swimming pool in Garden City is still billed as "The World's Largest Outdoor Concrete Municipal Swimming Pool."
Never mind there are larger swimming pools in the world, including the Orthlieb saltwater pool in Casablanca, Morocco.
The block-and-a-half-size pool has been a landmark in western Kansas since 1922. It's larger than a football field and holds more than 2.6 million gallons of water.
It's big enough that years ago, when the city was promoting tourism sites for post cards, a motor boat and skier were placed in the water for a few photographic spins around the pool. It's also big enough that the elephants from the Lee Richardson Zoo have used the pool to bathe after the pool is closed to the public at summer's end.
And, the Junction City Municipal Swimming Pool is a 50-meter, 8-lane Olympic-size pool. Originally built in 1913, it is one of the first city swimming pools in the state.
Question: During World War II, what Hollywood starlet is said to have sunned herself around the Junction City pool because her husband was stationed at Fort Riley?
Answer to Thursday’s question: Those nasty bugs that every Kansas kid soon learns to avoid are chiggers.
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