This photo of Pat Simpson was taken in the 1940’s at Loch Lono in Cave Springs. The abundance of water in Cave Springs has always been a major draw to the small town, especially during the summertime when people were looking to escape the heat. At the time, Loch Lono was a swimming lake, and the dam that Pat is sitting on had ladders and diving platforms attached.
Pat tells us that visitors to Loch Lono would pay her a dime to climb to the top of a tower on the dam and jump off into the lake below. What a hoot!
Photo provided by Pat Simpson.
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