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Historical Society | Swimming holes provided respite from summer's heat

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By Bonnie Strassell

“Oh! The old swimmin’-hole! In the long, lazy days
When the humdrum of school made so many run-a-ways,
How pleasant was the jurney [sic] down the old dusty lane,
Whare the tracks of our bare feet was printed so plain.”
In his poem, “The Old Swimmin’ Hole,” James Whitcomb Riley reminisced about the carefree summer days of his childhood and recalled the old swimmin’ hole that beckoned the young to plunge from the fiery heat of summer into the refreshing respite of invigorating coolness.


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