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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Plunge Bathers: 1891

Plunge Bathers: 1891

1891. "Hot Springs, South Dakota. Interior of largest plunge bath in U.S. on Fremont, Elkhorn & Missouri Valley Railway." Photo by John C.H. Grabill, noted chronicler of the Western frontier and "Official Photographer of the Black Hills and Fort Pierre R.R. & Home Stake Mining Co. -- Studios: Deadwood and Lead City, S.D. -- A Handsome Reward given for detection of any one copying any of my Photographic Views." View full size.

 

Brass Bands

I sincerely miss those brass bands that used to play at the pool in the summer.

Plunge?

This term was apparently common in the 19th and early 20th centuries but what makes a "plunge" different than a swimming pool? Why the different term?

[Because these pools were more for bathing as opposed to swimming. - Dave]

Evans Plunge

I live in SD and went to Evans Plunge as a child. It's now owned by the city of Hot Springs.

 
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