York Town Square commenter asks about much-remembered Springwood Pool’s ownership
York Township’s Springwood Pool sustained considerable damage in the flood of 1933. The pool, reachable via the Ma & Pa Railroad, was located along Springwood Road, between Yoe and Chapel Church Road. Background posts: Old Ma & Pa Railroad trestle may again carry passengers – on bicyles – some day and 19th-century mines gave Ore Valley its name and One-room schools: ‘That’s when things were good’.
The post – Springwood Pool and its sloping sides: ‘I remember so well how cold it was’ – raised questions in reader Lynda Stoddard’s mind about the old pool’s ownership.
“… (W)e were told our grandparents at one time owned the park, 1920 or 1930 and there was a story passed around about a shooting, which we have never been able to find anything out about, could have been a rumor …,” she commented.
She has pictures of the park, along Springwood Road, provided by her grandparents.
A York Township history says this about the ownership:
– Dorothy R. Boyer’s grandfather, E.B. Miller owned the park in the 1920s.
– He later sold it to Horace Spangler.
– In 1939, a new owner – unnamed in the history – acquired the property and operated it as a park until it closed in 1954.
Of course, concessionaires operated stands at Springwood, under lease from the owners.
For example, the history states that Edward M. and Edna M. Shelley operated a bingo stand at the park in the early 1940s.
That’s all the ownership info contained in the history.
The old park is intriguing, and I’ll post more information as it becomes available.