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Children crowd the D. M. Smith Natatorium on a hot summer day in Walla Walla in the 1950s. The Natatorium was located just south of Mill Creek on Wilbur Avenue where an apartment complex now sits.

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COMMENTARY - The city needs a pool

Ever hear of Graybill's or the Natatorium? These are just a few of the swimming pools Walla Walla kids used to enjoy.

Special to the Union-BulletinAny day now it will be hot enough to go swimming. My favorite summer sport. But where will I go? Russell Creek dries up about the same time the thermometer reminds me that gettin' down and rollin' around in that wonderful cool


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