Jefferson Municipal Swimming Pool – Jefferson IA

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Description

The municipal pool in Jefferson, Iowa was constructed with funds from the Works Progress Administration (WPA). It was opened to the public in July of 1937.

One of over a dozen public pools constructed in Iowa with the aid of New Deal agencies and funds, the Jefferson Municipal swimming pool incorporated “the most modern equipment.” Its initial dimensions were 75 x 120 feet, with the tile and brick bathhouse standing at 22 x 88 feet.

WPA officials and swimming pool designers took special care to equip New Deal pools with the latest engineering features. The pool included rounded corners to prevent injuries, a filtration and purification system, a diving platform, and a shallow wading area.

As of August 2016, the pool remained in operation.

Source notes

“Sixteen Ultra-Modern Pools for Iowa,” Parks & Recreation. May 1938.

Roger Aegerter, “The Founding and Organization of Jefferson,” Greene County Iowa Historical Society. August 1, 2016. https://www.greenecountyiowahistoricalsociety.org/column-articles/166/

“Jefferson, Iowa, Builds Modern Pool,” Parks & Recreation. May 1938.

Project originally submitted by Gray Brechin on April 10, 2022.

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Location Info


710 S Maple St.
Jefferson, IA 50129

Coordinates: 42.0088, -94.3809

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