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Paul J. Hoffman

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Columbus, IN 47202

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  1. I am also interested in finding the old swimming hole. I have used Google image maps along with the photo found here. Thanks for the information. I am a lifetime Wauwatosa Resident interested in this “lost” swimming hole. I will continue to explore this topic and will gladly share any information with anyone interested. I also will be reading your book. Sounds like a very interesting local read. Where would be the best place to get a signed copy? I can be reached at Thank you. 🙂

    1. Hi.
      Thanks for your interest.
      I got your comment about the old swimming hole.
      Next weekend, I am planning on taking the photo of Blackridge that is on my website and walk around the area near the Menomonee River and Kenyon Ave. and see if I can match up any houses in the photo with what is there today. My best guess is that the site of the old swimming hole is just south of the current Hoyt Park pool somewhere between the river and Menomonee River Parkway, which wasn’t there at the time.

  2. Are the photos on you website of recent vintage? The view of Blackridge from the railroad tracks is recent?

    1. Was blackridge swimming hole actually a part of thaw Menomonee River or was it a separate identity of it’s own?

      1. My guess is that it was its own separate entity, or at least a part of the river that didn’t get much flow. The fire department had to flood the area each year to create the swimming hole. There used to be an island in the middle of the river in the area we’re talking about, part of which has been filled in. I wonder if the swimming hole was the part of the river that went around this island, the part that is now filled in.

    1. My best guess is that it’s between the current Menomonee River Parkway and the Menomonee River, somewhere near Kenyon Ave. Maybe a little north of there. My next trip to Tosa, I hope to bring the photo I have of Blackridge and see if any of the houses in the photo are still there.

  3. My wife bought me your book from The Little Read store (signed copy – cool). I picked it up and did not put it down! LOVED the history of Art’s and Florence’s families. The Vreeland accounts were amazing. The book put me right into that era. Thanks for writing and sharing this!

    Rich – Wauwatosa

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