Vintage Austin: Barton Springs Pool 1930s

Photo Credit:  Austin History Center, Austin public Library PICA 01009

This vintage image, titled 'Swimmers at Barton Springs,' is from the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, with an approximate date around the 1930s. The image captures a moment in its storied past, showcasing its enduring appeal and timeless charm. Barton Springs, steeped in history, has been a cherished retreat for Austinites since the late 1800s. Initially gaining popularity among locals, it wasn't until 1918 that the springs came under public ownership. In the 1920s, the pool underwent significant development, including the construction of sidewalks and bathhouses. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 and designated a City of Austin Historic Landmark in 1990, Barton Springs Pool continues to hold a special place in the hearts of Austinites and visitors alike.

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