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Amarillo in Potter County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Amarillo Natatorium ("The Nat")

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 19, 2015
1. Amarillo Natatorium ("The Nat") Marker
Inscription.  The Natatorium, an open air building surrounding a swimming pool that measured 36' by 101', opened in July 1922. "The Nat" was enclosed in 1923 for year round use. In 1926 the building was converted into a dance hall with 10,000 square feet of maple flooring covering the pool area. "The Nat" also provided dining and at its peak employed 40 staff members. Well known bands traveling along Route 66 often stopped here to entertain. Though closed as a public dance hall in the 1960s, "The Nat" served the Amarillo area as a significant social center for decades.
 
Erected 1996 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 146.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 series list.
 
Location. 35° 12.666′ N, 101° 52.006′ W. Marker is in Amarillo, Texas, in Potter County. Marker is on SW 6th Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2705 SW 6th Avenue, Amarillo TX 79106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles
Amarillo Natatorium ("The Nat") Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 19, 2015
2. Amarillo Natatorium ("The Nat") Marker
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Route 66 in Amarillo (within shouting distance of this marker); Northwest Texas Hospital School of Nursing (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Mary's Academy (approx. 1.2 miles away); Wild Horse Lake (approx. 1.2 miles away); Juan de Padilla (approx. 1.2 miles away); American Legion Hanson Post No. 54 (approx. 1.3 miles away); H. B. Sanborn House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Alice Victoria Ghormley Curtis House (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amarillo.
 
Amarillo Natatorium ("The Nat") image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 19, 2015
3. Amarillo Natatorium ("The Nat")
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 335 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on July 9, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 19, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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