Dive into Boulder’s Pool History

Boulderites have been cooling down at pools for decades, but do you know the history of all these watering holes? Check out these historic Boulder pool photos provided by our friends at Museum of Boulder and the Carnegie Library for Local History.

Members of the Synchronized Swimmers pose in their swimsuits at the South Boulder Recreation Center, 1970s
John Ray practicing for a diving and acrobatic performance at the High-Mar swimming pool, 1959 
Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Library for Local History / Museum of Boulder Collection

Scott Carpenter Pool

One of Boulder’s largest public pools is named after our city’s most famous astronaut, Scott Carpenter. The pool opened in 1963 when Carpenter dedicated the new facility in person.

Teenage swimmers dive into the swimming pool during a swim competition at Scott Carpenter Park Pool, 1970s
Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Library for Local History / Museum of Boulder Collection
Children in the pool at Scott Carpenter Park, 1965
Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Library for Local History / Museum of Boulder Collection

Hygienic Community Pool

Hygienic Swimming Pool (now Spruce Pool) opened in 1923 using warm water produced from the manufacture of ice at the adjacent Hygienic Ice Company.

Exterior view of the Hygienic Swimming Pool, 1923
Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Library for Local History / Museum of Boulder Collection
Large group of swimmers, 1930
Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Library for Local History / Museum of Boulder Collection
A group portrait of swimmers and spectators, 1926
Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Library for Local History / Museum of Boulder Collection
Hairdryer in the ladies dressing room, 1923
Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Library for Local History / Museum of Boulder Collection

Eldorado Springs

Eldorado Springs Pool has been serving the community for the last 114 years. It was closed all of 2019 for renovations and will be closed this swimming season as well, as repairs continue.

Eldorado Springs pool, 1920s
Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Library for Local History / Museum of Boulder Collection
Women and a young girl dressed in bathing suits and standing beside a Denver and Interurban Motor Company bus, 1920s
Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Library for Local History / Museum of Boulder Collection
Eldorado Springs swimming pool in the early 1900s.
Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Library for Local History / Museum of Boulder Collection

Sanitarium Pool

The Boulder Sanitarium opened in the late 19th century. Doctors there encouraged patients to exercise, get sunshine and enjoy fresh air. Because of these recommendations, a pool was constructed. Check out our blog on the History of Health Care in Boulder County to learn more about the Boulder Sanitarium.

Children in the wading pool and on the wall beside the pool, 1920s
Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Library for Local History / Museum of Boulder Collection

The pool that never happened

In January 1959, the city proposed building two new swimming pools near Casey Junior High School. The pools were to be operated by the City of Boulder and converted into ice skating rinks during the winter, but they never came to fruition.

View of a model for the proposed city school swimming pools with moveable covers, 1959
Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Library for Local History / Museum of Boulder Collection

You can find more interesting photos from Boulder’s past at the Carnegie Library for Local History’s website* or the Museum of Boulder website.*

*This link leads to a third-party website.

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