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The Ol' Swimmin' Hole: 1940

The Ol' Swimmin' Hole: 1940

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September 1940. "Old swimming hole up South Fork, Breathitt. County, Kentucky." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Lacking but the overhanging tree bough with rope swing attached to be a real piece of American "good old days" imagery.

One wonders -- is this swimming hole now clogged with coal tailings or has it succumbed to concrete as the result of a flood control project? If not, fear of flesh-eating bacteria or toxic algae may still limit its modern-day clientele.

I wonder

What the germ count is in that puddle? No blue flag for this body of water, I would guess.

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