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Encyclopedia > Fleishhacker Pool

Fleishhacker Pool, the largest swimming pool in the United States, was located right next to the San Francisco Zoo for 47 years. Its storied history includes movie stars the 1920’s and 1930’s such as Johnny Weismuller, Esther Williams and Ann Curtis. The pool — so large that lifeguards used kayaks to make their way across — was also used by the military for drills and exercises, and was an ideal pool to host swimming meets and races. The pool holds fond memories for many San Franciscans, who to this day can recall when they swam in this colossal pool. The San Francisco Zoo is a zoo in San Francisco, California. ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January January 7 - Forces of Russian White admiral Kolchak surrender in Krasnoyarsk. ... 1930 (MCMXXX) is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Weissmuller, left (with actor George OBrien) Johnny Weissmuller (June 2, 1904 – January 20, 1984) was an Austrian-born American swimmer and actor. ... Esther Jane Williams (born August 8, 1921) is a United States swimmer and movie star famous for her musical films that featured elaborate performances with swimming and diving. ... For the British Army regiment see the Life Guards. ... Two whitewater kayakers running the Numbers section of the Arkansas River. ... For other uses, see Race (disambiguation). ...


Philanthropist and civic leader Herbert Fleishhacker built the world-renowned pool in 1924. Under Fleishhacker’s leadership, the Park Commission persuaded the City to purchase 30 acres of oceanside land from the Spring Valley Water Company to establish a site for the present zoo. Fleishhacker Pool opened on April 23, 1925. The pool was 1,000 feet long and 150 feet wide, the largest pool in the United States. There was a diving pool measuring 50 feet square and 16 feet deep with a tiered diving tower. The main pool had a capacity of 6 million gallons and could accommodate 10,000 swimmers! Salt water was pumped into the pool at high tide through a pipeline from the ocean. A philanthropist is someone who devotes his/her time, money, or effort towards helping others. ... Civic can refer to multiple things: Civics, the science of comparative government Honda Civic, a small car produced by the Honda Motor Co. ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... An acre is an English unit of area, which is also frequently used in the United States and some Commonwealth countries. ... Spring Valley is the name of some places in the United States of America: Spring Valley, Arizona Spring Valley, California Spring Valley, Illinois Spring Valley, Kentucky Spring Valley, Minnesota Spring Valley, New York Spring Valley, Nevada Spring Valley, Ohio Spring Valley, Wisconsin Spring Valley, Texas Spring Valley is also the... The gallon (abbr. ... Salt water may refer to: Saltwater, the name of a single released by UK electronic musician Chicane For information on water from a sea or ocean, see sea water For information on the concept of saltiness of a body of water, see salinity For information on salt water aquariums, see... High Tide was a band that was formed in 1969 by Tony Hill (guitar, keyboards, and vocals), Simon House (violin and keyboards), Pete Pavli (bass) and Roger Hadden (drums). ...


Fleishhacker Pool closed in 1971. After years of deterioration and a lack of modern operational systems, the pool could not meet modern health standards. Consideration was given to refurbishing and reopening this historic landmark, but studies showed that public usage was extremely low, the annual operating costs were high, and there was little revenue to offset these costs. 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... For the legal term denoting a ruling or law of great import, see landmark case For the former Las Vegas hotel and casino, see The Landmark Hotel and Casino. ...


In 1999, the San Francisco Zoological Society was granted ownership of the Pool House. The building has been condemned, and retrofitting the structure is extremely costly. Its fate is undetermined, but its history remains. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Zoology (Greek zoon = animal and logos = word) is the biological discipline which involves the study of animals. ...


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