Was This the First Residential Swimming Pool In Michigan?
Memorial Day is just a few days away. Many people mark it as the beginning of summer which doesn't technically begin until June 20. But, with the temps rising, you might be inclined to cool off and take a dip in a pool. This woman claims to know where the first residential swimming pool in the state of Michigan is...her grandparents' house.
Located in Frankfurt, her grand-parents 186 year old house boasts the first residential pool in Michigan. I tried to do some fact checking. There is no way to prove the claim. You can get a history of pools though.
The first man-made watering holes for bathing and swimming, go back at least as far as 2600 B.C.E. The first elaborate construction are probably The Great Baths of Mohenjodaro, an ancient and elaborate bathing site in Pakistan made from bricks and covered in plaster.
Ancient Greeks and Romans perfected the pool landscape. Pools were also used for bathing, war training, maintaining health, religious ceremonies, socializing, and much more.
The British National Swimming Society introduced competitive swimming and brought new stokes and kicking techniques to the 1896 Olympics.
Austin, Texas is home to one of the oldest swimming pools in the country. Deep Eddy Pool has a bathhouse built during the Depression by the Works Progress Administration. It is listed as a historic landmark on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1907, the first above ground pool was installed at the Philadelphia Racquet Club.
After World War II, swimming pools became popular in America. The National Swimming Pool Foundation estimates there are more than 10 million swimming pools across America.
Is Emily's grandparents' farmhouse in Frankfort the location for the first residential swimming pool in Michigan? Sure. Can't find any info saying she's wrong.
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