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cystal lake/crystal beach waterpark

Posted: 1096761301000
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does anyone have any past or current information about crystal lake/beaches and waterpark in irwinville, ga. I just find this place very interesting. I know it's closed down now. Hadnt been there since i was a kid. Any information is helpful....thanks

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Amie (View posts)
Posted: 1096844396000
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Crystal Lake was owned by a Mr. Bone. In the spring of 1865, he murdered Mr. Jack Walker, who was a justice of the peace. Mr. Walker was searching for a runaway slave and Mr. Bone was allowing the slave to hide out on his property. The story of the event is in the Irwin County History Book as well as in the Tifton Gazette in 1930.

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Posted: 1097295849000
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thank you all for the information....more would be great :-)...i have contstant dreams about the place...there is something there that i need to see, but i dont know what it may be....well, anyway, thank you all again.

peace and happiness

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dena vassey (View posts)
Posted: 1112241220000
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My family owned it once. I'll send this info to my mom and see if she can tell you anything else.

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Gloria Holback (View posts)
Posted: 1112272429000
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I haven't been to Crystal Lake in many years but was told by an Irwin County resident who lives near the lake that it is almost dried up and people do not visit the lake like they once did.

When I was a young child my Mother took me there many times and I have photos of she and I in the water. As I recall the water was crystal clear and the lake water was not too cold. Believe it was a spring fed lake and it had a very deep bottom. Some claimed that if you swam across it you would drown and never make it to the other side. There were a lot of old wives tales about the lake.

Gloria

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Gloria Luke Holback (View posts)
Posted: 1112274324000
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Also I forgot to mention that there was a large wooden building that housed dressing rooms, a dance floor, cafe', lunch counter as I recall and had steps that went out to the sandy beach. Thinking back to when I was about four years old and we went there one afternoon, the lake was all the way up to the mid steps, completely covered the sandy beach.

Guess there had been some heavy rains during that time. Must have been about 1945/46. Even in the 1960s the beach area was pretty. The sand was a fine sand as I recall. But anyone correct me on this if I am wrong about the fine sand and the details about the snack bar, dance floor, and think there was a duck pin alley? Could be though only Lake Beatrice had the duck pin alley.

Anyone else have any memories of Crystal Lake?

Gloria

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My Grandfather Leon Lewis and Jehu Fletcher owned Crystal Lake in the 1940's up until 1953 when my grandfather died. At that time, my mother and her sister bought out Jehu Fletcher's part of the Lake. They sold it I believe in 1953 or 54. Adcock and Morris were the last owners, but that is not who my family sold it to. It is my understanding that Adcock and Morris sold out because it became to expensive to insure for liaibility.

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Posted: 1112453929000
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You are correct. There ws a big wooden pavillian when my grandfather owned the lake. It had a skating rink, bowling alleys, and dance floor. They sold beer, rented out cabins, even rented bathing suits for swimmers. The original building burned. I actually have pictures (somewhere) of the water up to the back steps. Fishing was also popular there back in those days and you could rent boats to fish. Sometime in the early 60's the original spring that fed the lake caved in or something and they began feeding the lake through wells the water was pumped in from the pipes that held the diving boards. (that was when Adcock and Morris owned the lake.

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Mandy, It's so nice to learn more from you about the lake and the pavillion. It was a really wonderful place. I would love to have a copy of your photos of the lake and building. What a memory that will bring back for both my Mother and I. There is one in my own family collection that is of my Mother and I in the water. But it doesn't show anything but us in the water. I must have been about 15 months old at the time.

I host an Irwin County webpage and would love to post that photo on the page so others can see what we saw as children.

Many thanks for sharing the information with us,

Gloria

Re: cystal lake/crystal beach waterpark

Tommie Winn (View posts)
Posted: 1157412969000
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Gloria, perhaps you will enjoy this (attached) photo although the building is far in the background. It was taken around 1949 or 50.
I have another family photo taken from almost the same vantage point five years earlier....can barely make out the framework of a building. I wondered if it was going up or going down at that time.

BTW, would like to visit your site but can't find the url.
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