Near Columbus Grove in Putnam County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Columbus Grove Municipal Pool
The construction of Putnam County's first public swimming pool helped Columbus Grove weather the Great Depression of the 1930s. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Village of Columbus Grove planned the pool to provide much-needed jobs and recreational facilities for the residents of Putnam County. Between the fall of 1935 and 1936, local men (and two women) built the pool and shelter house by hand from rock quarried on site. The workers were not trained stone masons or cutters. Befitting their limited skills, the pool was built in a simplified Norman Revival/Rustic architectural style. Wages ranged from $.33 to $.55 per hour. The pool's grand opening was July 1, 1937. That first year, adults paid $.25 to swim, and children were charged $.10. The Columbus Grove Municipal Pool was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
Erected 1999 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Putnam County Historical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 1-69.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
Location. 40° 55.61′ N, Click for map. Marker and Pool are about 2 miles east of town. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus Grove OH 45830, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Columbus Grove Veterans Memorial Flagpole (approx. 1.7 miles away); Oglevie Post 64 G.A.R. Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Truro Cemetery (approx. 3.5 miles away); Pandora Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.5 miles away); Site of the First Swiss Mennonite Church (approx. 4.5 miles away); Putnam County Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.5 miles away); Putnam County World War Memorial Clock (approx. 6.5 miles away); Native Americans in Ottawa (approx. 6.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus Grove.
Also see . . .
1. History of Columbus Grove. (Submitted on March 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. 1997 Toledo Blade Article. (Submitted on March 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Charity & Public Work • Entertainment • Government • Man-Made Features • Political Subdivisions •
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