During the Great Depression, the beach came to Cameron, West Virginia, in southern Marshall County. By combining funds raised by a local levy with a grant from the U.S Public Works Administration, city officials raised the $25,000 needed to build the Cameron City Pool with a cutting-edge design patented by architect Frank Hunter, of Indianapolis, Indiana. It was the first pool of this design to be built.
The pool featured a semi-circular shape with an underwater life-guard station, shallows for children, diving platforms, and a large bath house. The pool was surrounded with white sand from Lake Michigan. The pool was also used as an auxiliary water supply for fighting fires.
Article by Gwen Hagaman