The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 22, 2013

A view from years ago


DANVILLE — Editor:

I was sitting here thinking about those two dams on the river in Danville.

When I was a youngster almost everybody had to walk wherever they went, and in Ellsworth Park was a public swimming pool. You could walk down steps on the east bank and come right to the swimming place. There was a diving board on the south side of the bridge and a swimming place for the public to swim or lounge. The building sold goodies and had two restrooms to change clothes in. There was two wading pools for the little ones just north of the pavilion.

You could look north and east and see a coal mine to let you know where coal came from. That was when Danville was a city and not all blacktop.

William W. Williams