Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lake Lawrence Photos

Some never before seen photos of Lake Lawrence.  The top photo shows the water sled ride, as described in the Book Water, Water, Everywhere.  A sled running on wheels attached to  rails provided fun to Lake Lawrence Swimmers, as did the diving tower in the bottom photo.  By looking closely at the top photo near the right hand side you will see the device described as a water wheel.

A newspaper article printed in June 1935 stated:  "A novel water contrivance known as a water wheel is soon to be installed in the lake, according to the management.  This water wheel is entirely different from any water-sport device every seen in this section."  
When first constructed in the 1920's Lake Lawrence was the largest public swimming beach in southern Illinois. 

June 12, 1924 

June 21, 1946