A selection of photographs showing the rich swimming heritage of the United States of America.

Swimming History - United States of America

Search by State: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

 

Alabama

Bath House Oxford Lake Park Anniston Ala swimming history 

Bath House Oxford Lake Park Anniston

 

Alaska 

 

Arizona  

 

Arkansas 

 

California

Bath House and Beach Avalon Santa Catalina Island California

Bath House and Beach Avalon Santa Catalina Island

The Bathing Pond Berkeley California

The Bathing Pond Berkeley

Bathing Lake Culver

Bathing Lake Culver

Swimming in an Irrigation Ditch Fullerton CA1920 

Swimming in an Irrigation Ditch Fullerton 1920

Swimming Long Beach California

Swimming Long Beach

Bath House Ocean Park Cal Swimming History 

Bath House Ocean Park 

Bath House Redondo Beach California warm salt water 

Bath House Redondo Beach California warm salt water 

Sutro Baths San Francisco Northern California 

Sutro Baths San Francisco

 

Colorado

Bathing Pool Eldorado Springs Colo

Bathing Pool Eldorado Springs

Water slide swimmers bathing 1909 Glenwood Springs 

Water slide swimmers bathing 1909 Glenwood Springs 

 

Connecticut

Mixed Bathing Wildmans Landing Candlewood Lake

Mixed Bathing Wildman's Landing Candlewood Lake

Myrtie Beach Milford Conneticate.

Children Bathing at Myrtie Beach Milford 

Bathing at Myrtle Beach Milford

Bathing at Myrtle Beach Milford

Millersburg Swimming Lido Pool Ohio

Millersburg Swimming Lido Pool


Delaware

 

Florida 

Swimming from the beach Daytona Beach Florida

Swimming from the beach Daytona Beach 

Pass a Grille Florida

Pass-A-Grille Florida

Silver Springs Florida

Silver Springs 

Sulphur Springs Tampa

The Lido Sulphur Springs Tampa

 

Georgia

Blairsville Georgia Vogel State Park Swimming 

Blairsville Vogel State Park Swimming 

Frank Williams Swimming Pool Cordele Georgia

Frank Williams Swimming Pool Cordele

 

Hawaii

 

Idaho

 

Illinois

Blackhawk Bathing Beach Ottawa 

Blackhawk Bathing Beach Ottawa 

Urbana Park Swimming Pool Urbana 

Urbana Park Swimming Pool

 

Indiana

LINCOLN CITY IN Lincoln Park Beach Bathing Scene c1950s

Lincoln Park Beach Bathing Scene Lincoln c1950s 

 

Iowa  

Municipal Swimming Pool Jefferson Iowa

Municipal Swimming Pool Jefferson

Riverside Swimming Pool Sioux City

Riverside Swimming Pool Sioux City

 

Kansas

The Swimming Pond Hutchinson Kansas

The Swimming Pond Hutchinson

 

Kentucky

Benton Kentucky, Kentucky Dam Village State Park 1963

Kentucky Dam Village State Park - 1963 Benton 

Bathing Lake ReservoirPark Louisville 

Bathing Lake Reservoir Park Louisville


Louisiana

 

Maine

 

Maryland

 

Massachusetts

Wild Swimming Bath House Cottage City Mass 

Bath House Cottage City

Bathing Beach Falmouth Heights Cape Cod Mass

Bathing Beach Falmouth Heights Cape Cod

Greenwood Bath House and Pool Gardner Mas

Greenwood Bath House and Pool Gardner

Smith Memorial Swimming Pool Salem Massachusetts

Smith Memorial Swimming Pool Salem

 

Michigan

Leonard Salvation Army Camp Swimming Pool 

Swimming Lessons Camp Wood Haven

Swimming Lessons Camp Wood Haven

 

Minnesota

Come On IN Detroit Lakes Wild Swimming 

Come On In! Detroit Lakes 

1925 Memorial Bathing Beach at Fulda Minnesota  Murray County Wild Swimming History

1925 Memorial Bathing Beach at Fulda Murray County

Calhourn Bathing Beach Minneapolis Wild Swimming History 

Calhourn Bathing Beach Minneapolis 

St Paul Public Baths Minnesota 

St Paul Public Baths Minnesota 

Lake Okabenn Worthington Minisota

Lake Okabenn Worthington

 

Mississippi

 

Missouri 

Twin Lakes Columbia Missouri

Twin Lakes Columbia

Twin Lakes Columbia 

Twin Lakes Columbia

Wild Swimming History MISSOURI NOEL SWIMMERS THE GINGER BLUE SWIMMING HOLE 1920S 

Missouri Noel - The Ginger Blue Swimming Hole 1920's

 

Swimming in Doling Park Springfield Missouri

Swimming in Doling Park Springfield

 

Montana

 

 

 

Nebraska 

Where We Used to Bathe Cut Off Lake Omaha

Where We Used to Bathe Cut Off Lake Omaha

 

New Hampshire

Bathers at Steeplechace Pier Atlantic City 

Bathers at Steeplechase Pier Atlantic City 

Stonehurst North Conway 

Stonehurst North Conway

Swimmers at Hampton Beach NH 

Swimmers at Hampton Beach

Suncook New Hampshire

Diving into the lake at Suncook New Hampshire

 

New Jersey 

Monte Carlo Swimming Pool Asbury Park 

Monte Carlo Swimming Pool Asbury Park

Swimming History Bathing Beach Asbury Park NJ 

Bathing Beach Asbury Park

Richards Baths Atlantic City New Jersey.jpg

Bathers outside Richards Baths Atlantic City

Normandy Beach and Bathers 

Normandy Beach and Bathers 

Bathers on the beach at Ocean Grove New Jersey

Bathers on the beach at Ocean Grove

Bathers fill the beach at Wildwood New Jersey

Bathers fill the Beach at Wildwood

 

New Mexico

 

New York

Sea Bathing Atlantic City Beach New York

Sea Bathing Atlantic City Beach

Fourth Avenue Asbury Park New York

Sea Bathing Fourth Avenue Asbury Park 

Knochs Bathing Pavilion Wltzels Point View College Point NY

Knoch's Bathing Pavilion Wltzel's Point View College Point 

LAKE PLACID New York NY Mirror Lake Bathing Beach Playground 

Lake Placid New York - Mirror Lake Bathing Beach and Playground 

Ladies' Day East Side Free Baths New York

Ladies' Day East Side Free Baths New York City 

Cony Island New York City

Bathing at Cony Island New York City

Bathers at Highland Lake New York

Bathers at Highland Lake New York 

Bathing at Patchogue Long Island in Suffolk County New York

Bathing at Patchogue Long Island in Suffolk County New York 

Sea Bathing at Rockaway Park 

Sea Bathing at Rockaway Park 

Bath House and Tobaggan Sylvan Beach NY Wild Swimming History

Bath House and Tobaggan Sylvan Beach 

Wild Swimming at Hiawatha Lake Onondaga Park Syracuse NY

Hiawatha Lake, Onondaga Park, Syracuse

Onondaga Park Syracuse New York

Onondaga Park Syracuse

Robert Treman State Park 

Robert Treman State Park

 

North Carolina

 

North Dakota 

 

Ohio

 

Swimming Hole Brecksville Ohio

Swimming Hole Brecksville 

Cahoon Park Lido

Cahoon Park Lido

Safe Swimming Pool Camp Palmer

Safe Swimming Pool Camp Palmer  

Swimming Pool Coney Island Cincinnati  

Swimming Pool Coney Island Cincinnati 

Sunlite Pool Coney Island Cincinnati Ohio Wild Swimming

Sunlite Pool Coney Island Cincinnati

 

Bathing Scene Euclid Beach Cleveland Ohio C1910

Bathing Scene Euclid Beach Cleveland Ohio c1910

Harlam Springs 

Bathers on the beach Lake Erie Ohio

Bathers on the beach Lake Erie 

 

 

Wild Swimming Lakeside Pier Ohio

Wild Swimming Lakeside Pier  

 

Bathing beach Marcelina Park Ohio

Bathing beach Marcelina Park 

Bath House Toledo Ohio

Bath House Toledo


Oklahoma 

 

Oregon

 

 

Safe swimming in Elk Lake 

Safe swimming in Elk Lake 

 

Pennsylvania

Bathing Beach Conneaut Lake Park PA History swimming

Bathing Beach Conneaut Lake Park 

Bathing Beach and Lake Eagles Mere Pa

Bathing Beach and Lake Eagles Mere 

Erie - Public Bath Foot of Chestnut Street c1910

Erie - Public Bath Foot of Chestnut Street c1910 

Manjimups only swimming pool Fontys WA Wild Swimming HIstory.

Swimming pool Fontys

Thousands bathing Harrisburg Pennsylvania

Thousands Bathing Harrisburg

Bathing Beach Island Park Harrisburg PA

Bathing Beach Island Park Harrisburg

Boys Swimming Camp Rosemont Honesdale Wild Swimming History

Boys Swimming Camp Rosemont Honesdale Wild Swimming History 

Bathing at Tumbling Run Pottaville

Bathing at Tumbling Run Pottsville


Rhode Island


South Carolina

 

South Dakota

 

Tennessee 

Big Ridge State Park Swimming Area MAYNARDVILLE TENNESSEE

Big Ridge State Park Swimming Area Maynardville

 

 

Texas

Cloverdale Bathing Place Midland TX 

Cloverdale Bathing Place Midland

Cloverdale Midland Texas Swimming Place 

Cloverdale Midland Texas Swimming Place 

 

Sea Bathers Corpus Christi Tex

Sea Bathers Corpus Christi

 

Boys Bathing Camp Stewart near Kerrville

Boys Bathing - Camp Stewart near Kerrville 

 

Murdochs Bath House

Murdochs Bath House  

 

Municipal Swimming Pool San Angelo Texas

Municipal Swimming Pool San Angelo

 

Utah

Bathers at Great Salt Lake Utah

Bathers at Great Salt Lake 

 

 

Vermont 

 


 

Virginia

Liberty Heights Swimming Pool

Liberty Heights Swimming Pool Martinsville City Park

lynnhaven Lido Norfolk Virginia

lynnhaven Lido Norfolk 

 

 

Washington 

Swimming Pool Tacoma Washington

Swimming Pool Tacoma

 

West Virginia

Rock Springs Chester West Virginia

Rock Springs Chester

 

Wisconsin

 

Swimming at Bay View Wisconsin

Swimming at Bay View

 

The Old Swimming Hole Wakanda Park Menomonie Wisconsin

The Old Swimming Hole Wakanda Park Menomonie

Bathing Beach Milwaukee Wis

Bathing Beach Milwaukee

 

 

Swimmers The Pier Confidence Point Lake Geneva Williams Bay

Swimmers The Pier Confidence Point Lake Geneva Williams Bay 

 

Wyoming

 

 

 

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