SPRINGS PARK: THE LATEST INFILTRATION

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And in we go again. We found more today than I ever found on the previous trips. It was nice to have someone else with me for a change. Mags loved going out with me and it’s always nice to have the laugh track constantly going in the background. Sorry you couldn’t make it today Nancy! These things do kind of happen on the fly anyway.

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dsc03669-1Sorry some of the pics kinda washed out on a nice sunny day. Trust me, better pictures further on here and lots of them.

dsc03681-1Picture of the dive platform. I don’t think this one will ever go back up. It still amazes me that this place was just allowed to go into complete ruin. What was Springs thinking just letting it go? Maybe they offered it to the county or state. I don’t know. There isn’t alot to go on as far as research on the internet. Pitiful few pictures are out there of the park in it’s heyday. Most of the ones posted on here are from me and Mags exploring or from the railroad museum in Lancaster.

We started in what we think is the old poolhouse. Remember last year when I posted about the buzzards living here? They have since moved on to better accomidations.
We started in what we think is the old pool house. Remember last year when I posted about the buzzards living here? They have since moved on to better accommodations.
Access to the attic of the pool house and from there onto the open sky.
Access to the attic of the pool house and from there onto the open sky.
Old floats from the ropes in the pool.
Old floats from the ropes in the pool.

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Mags in the old shower room.
Mags in the old shower room.
Hole in the showeroom wall. Nice view of the pool.
Hole in the showeroom wall. Nice view of the pool.
Exterior wall of pool house.
Exterior wall of pool house.
Mags in doorway at back of poolhouse.
Mags in doorway at back of poolhouse.

Out this door is the old putt putt course which had a lot to actually survive the years.

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Around the corner of the concession stand. Can you feel something bad coming?
Around the corner of the concession stand. Can you feel something bad coming?
And on inside. Notice the damage since last time. Fallen trees and the weather that made them fall are the blame for losing what is left of this place.
And on inside. Notice the damage since last time. Fallen trees and the weather that made them fall are the blame for losing what is left of this place.

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Remeber the buzzards? I think I found their winter home and they haven't changed places yet.

When I kicked the door in a large, LARGE, buzzard jumped out from behind it. We took off like a shot. And yes there were a few oaths spoken.
When I kicked the door in a large, LARGE, buzzard jumped out from behind it. We took off like a shot. And yes there were a few oaths spoken.

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The Buzzads Roost
The Buzzads Roost

The buzzards have made the restrooms theirs. You know that smell that you get in a club mens room or a sports venue? Well it’s exactly the same.


In the pump room.
In the pump room.

The pump room was pretty cool. I didn’t go in there last time. (Read chicken.) The metal alone in this room is probably worth a couple of thousand and I am surprised that it is still here. Following are of course some pics from this section of the park.

Mags in the pump room.
Mags in the pump room.

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The tunnels from the pump room go all the way around the pool. I suppose they were for the pool lights and general maintenance. I didn't go in there last time and I ain't ever goin' in there. To much for me. Volunteers?
The tunnels from the pump room go all the way around the pool. I suppose they were for the pool lights and general maintenance. I didn't go in there last time and I ain't ever goin' in there. To much for me. Volunteers?

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Further on down the trail from the pool area we found this strange little structure. Two sides with exactly the same three cement forms on each side. We think this may have been the base for the Ferris wheel. But who knows?

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Nearby we found this pool. Not very deep. It may have been a kiddie pool at one time. Again, I doubt we will ever know. I sure wish someone would read this who can remember where everything was in the park.

EDIT 2/22/09

This was actually where the carousel was located. Thanks again to NWM!

EDIT 2/24/09

Conflicting story but: This may have been the pool for a kiddie boat ride and I think that I would lean more to that than the carousel. Make sense to me anyway.

“the pool was for a little boat ride. The boats were connected in a circle that spun.”

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Filled in manhole. I wonder how extensive this was. I am guessing pretty deep with the ladder rungs and all.

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Makes you wonder if this was the last light turned off.

dsc03693-11I hate graffiti. As you can see this place is full of it.

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But wrong or not, I like to see creativity as much as anyone else. This guy took a little time and created something special.

Well that’s it for this time. You know what you need to know and where  you need to go. I’m not even going to say it this time. You’ve heard it enough. You aren’t going to find this riding along the interstate. You just aren’t. So get out there. Find what you will, then tell me about it.

I can’t take it….

GET OFF THE HIGHWAY!

EDIT TO ADD:

I WAS TELLING MYSELF THAT THIS WOULD BE MY LAST TRIP OUT HERE. IT SEEMED THAT THERE WASN’T MUCH IF ANYTHING LEFT TO FIND. AFTER TODAY I STAND CORRECTED. THIS MUST BE WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO MAKE A FIND FOR AN ARCHAEOLOGIST. TO GO BACK TO A SITE PREVIOUSLY DUG AND FIND SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT, IF ONLY TO A FEW. SO, WITH THAT SAID, I WILL BE BACK TO THIS LOCATION. AND I EXPECT TO HAVE COMPANY WITH ME.

I HAVE INCLUDED AN UPDATED “MAP OF THE RUINS” FROM OUR VISIT TODAY BELOW.

UPGRADED MAP OF SPRINGS PARK. ORIGINAL IDEA FOR THIS FROM NANCY WATTS MAYER. (CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE.)
UPGRADED MAP OF SPRINGS PARK. ORIGINAL IDEA FOR THIS FROM NANCY WATTS MAYER. (CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE.)

So once again I get to go back. I wish that I had gone in winter when all the trees were bare. I probably will this year. I seems like that would be a better time to get an eye on the place. Thanks for looking. I guess I’ll go price a Fedora and a bullwhip.

Scott