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Modern Photography: 1943

Modern Photography: 1943

July 1943. Glen Echo, Maryland. "Climbing the ladder to the sliding board at the Glen Echo swimming pool on a hot day." Photo by Esther Bubley. View full size.

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The Crystal Pool

ka1axy, I'm about your age. I visited Glen Echo last month to ride the carousel and just wander around. My parents took my sister and me there a few times when we were kids in the early '60's, and I remember the thrill of finally riding that big roller coaster! We never used the pool though.

Glen Echo

When I was about 7 (1960 or so), I lived across the road from Glen Echo. On hot, humid summer nights, I hand my windows open and remember the rattle of the coaster and the screams. My mom didn't believe in amusement parks, so my brother and I only got to go once (and not on the roller coaster), just before our family moved.

You could see the water tower at CIA from my bedroom window.

The coaster is gone, Glen Echo is a park now.

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