Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Crystal Pool

This picture was taken this past weekend at what was once an amusement park just outside of DC.

The park opened in 1890 and closed 40 years ago. I love the classic type above the doors. The pool (and the sandy beaches it had in its heyday) is long gone, along with the wooden roller coaster and most everything else. The carousel was restored and still operates, and some of the arcade buildings were renovated and are now used for art and dance classes.

But for me the highlight of the park is the Crystal Pool, segregated beyond a chain link fence, unrestored, being swallowed by vegetation, crumbling and steeped in history.

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