Monday, December 29, 2008

Pioneer Park / Kirtsis Swim Tank

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I wanted to finish the walk we did at Pioneer Park after the Parade so here are a few more photos. The interesting part of this walk is that we discovered that it also had a swim tank. Who would of guessed.



Sign is located near the northwestern corner of Pioneer Park.

C9 - Kirtsis Swim Tank
Purportedly the largest outdoor swimming tank in the state in the 1920s was located in Bend on the banks of the Deschutes River, just downstream from Pioneer Park. The 50 x 150 foot steel tank held 330,000 gallons of water. The water came directly from the Deschutes River, was heated by a burner that utilized sawdust from Bend sawmills, and then returned to the river. The swimming tank was part of the Bend Auto Court complex built in 1927 by the three Kirtsis brothers, immigrants from Greece who had earlier homesteaded east of Bend. The tank was open to the public, in addition to Auto Court guests, and the daily entrance fee was 10 cents.
Built: 1927

If you look at the were the ripples of the water is you can almost see were the pool might of been. Please enlarge the photos for better viewing

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17 comments:

auringonkukka :) said...

beautiful photos and happy new year!!

kayleen said...

Interesting way to build and heat a swimming pool. Nice photos. Looks like a nice place to go for a stroll. Happy New Year!

chrome3d said...

Thanks for sharing that sunny walk around Pioneer Park. Swimming there must have been nice.

Arija said...

A very beautiful post withgreat pictues and a lovely historical story behind it. Nicely done.

mannanan said...

Great photos of a very interesting feature. never heard them called swim tanks before though. Thanks for sharing your world with us.

babooshka said...

My kind pf place.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing. :-)

Sara G said...

Great post and photos!
Take care
Happy New Year to you and your family!!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Love the reflections in the watr. Happy New Year!

imac said...

Wonderful shots.

alicesg said...

Nice place in the part of the world you are in. Lovely photos. Happy New Year to you and your family and may 2009 be a better year for everyone.

Jedediah said...

The first photo is gorgeous, thanks for sharing.
You asked about real candles in Christmas trees over at my blog: we don't use them because my parents almost burned down a tree (before I was born). But I know other families who still use real candles, at least for the first lighting of the tree. I'm glad that my post brought back such nice memories for you :)

shaker said...

Great shots, happy new year !

Becky and Gary said...

What a beautiful part of the country you live in.
I'm like you, "there is so much to see right in our own back yard"
Happy New Year.
B.

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for your visit! Your world looks very beautiful! Happy 2009.

Mary said...

What interesting information! Lovely photos.

Rose said...

That last picture looks soooo inviting.