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Old 11-09-2013, 10:05 PM   #26236
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Wow, that's crazy!!! Looks nothing like that now. Don't even see how roads made it back there.
Yeah there's basically nothing left. The building with snacks and pinball burned down long ago, but you can still see the foundation and that long white concrete wall on the right side of the picture is still there in places.

I used to go to Moores lake up til my mid teens - mid late 70's at least.. My guess is it closed around '80. My mom has pictures of us there in the mid 60's with me as a baby sitting on a towel. I loved that place! although I think it's real hay day was earlier.. 50's/60's..

I especially remember those giant slides.. There were no rules, if you could swim out and climb the ladder you could slide down. I was just a little kid the first time I got the nerve to climb up there. Felt like standing on top of a skyscraper. All the big kids watching, some already on the ladder, there's only one way down at that point. Would catch air off the humps in the wavy one. Fun stuff, no way could you get away with that now. Lawyers/insurance would eat you alive.
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:30 PM   #26237
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Yeah there's basically nothing left. The building with snacks and pinball burned down long ago, but you can still see the foundation and that long white concrete wall on the right side of the picture is still there in places.

I used to go to Moores lake up til my mid teens - mid late 70's at least.. My guess is it closed around '80. My mom has pictures of us there in the mid 60's with me as a baby sitting on a towel. I loved that place! although I think it's real hay day was earlier.. 50's/60's..

I especially remember those giant slides.. There were no rules, if you could swim out and climb the ladder you could slide down. I was just a little kid the first time I got the nerve to climb up there. Felt like standing on top of a skyscraper. All the big kids watching, some already on the ladder, there's only one way down at that point. Would catch air off the humps in the wavy one. Fun stuff, no way could you get away with that now. Lawyers/insurance would eat you alive.
Actually, there's a place on the Osborne Turnpike called "Hadad's Lake" that is something right out of the 50's. Concrete block buildings and concrete Lake look like they haven't changed in 50 years. It's even got some sketchy rope swing that looks like something from a lawyers wet dream.
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:44 AM   #26238
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My parents met on a blind date at More's Lake 55 some odd years ago.
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:48 AM   #26239
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Yeah there's basically nothing left. The building with snacks and pinball burned down long ago, but you can still see the foundation and that long white concrete wall on the right side of the picture is still there in places.

I used to go to Moores lake up til my mid teens - mid late 70's at least.. My guess is it closed around '80. My mom has pictures of us there in the mid 60's with me as a baby sitting on a towel. I loved that place! although I think it's real hay day was earlier.. 50's/60's..

I especially remember those giant slides.. There were no rules, if you could swim out and climb the ladder you could slide down. I was just a little kid the first time I got the nerve to climb up there. Felt like standing on top of a skyscraper. All the big kids watching, some already on the ladder, there's only one way down at that point. Would catch air off the humps in the wavy one. Fun stuff, no way could you get away with that now. Lawyers/insurance would eat you alive.
I love hearing these stories.

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Actually, there's a place on the Osborne Turnpike called "Hadad's Lake" that is something right out of the 50's. Concrete block buildings and concrete Lake look like they haven't changed in 50 years. It's even got some sketchy rope swing that looks like something from a lawyers wet dream.
Yea, it's been years since I've been there, but I'm surprised it's still around.

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My parents met on a blind date at More's Lake 55 some odd years ago.
That's awesome!
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:53 AM   #26240
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You know university of Richmond used to be a park at the end of the trolley line out in the country a long time ago?
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:09 AM   #26241
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Interesting lakes in the area

Petersburg once had a lake like that. It was called Wilcox Lake.



When the push came to open it to blacks in 1953 (it was a white only lake), the city shut it down rather than allow blacks and whites to swim together. It has been closed ever since. What a waste.

The funny thing is that Petersburg now has an African-American mayor, and all the city council but one is African-American, and yet they still haven't re-opened one of the biggest signs of racial discrimination around here. Guess it isn't about race anymore. It's all about the cost, and as everyone has mentioned, the insurance and legal fees. That's so sad.

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Old 11-10-2013, 07:14 AM   #26242
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I mentioned Moore's Lake to my wife and showed her the pictures. She recalls going there as a child.
Jeff, I recognized that turn in the background within 0.25 seconds of looking at that picture. I used to fish in that exact spot as a child. I also remember me and many of my friends and school mates swimming at the Petersburg Swim and Tennis Club next to Petersburg high School. Until I graduated from high school in '87, it was still a "whites only" club (I don't know how us Cubans snuck in! LOL!) They used a dirty system that stated that only stock shareholders could join the club. I believe that two existing members had to recommend a family for stock purchase. They got to decide who purchased stocks that way. Until I was a teenager, I didn't really see what was going on; although I vividly remember that one day, a competing team came to swim against us. They had a young black teenager on their team. I remember how people stood there frozen as he walked in and swam in the pool. It's horrible to think that this was only 25 years ago. I met my wife at that pool when I was 15 years old in the mid-80's. She is still putting up with me today!

Also, many thanks to Ryan "Split Lanes" for selling me a nice enclosed trailer. I have been scanning Google images looking for ideas on what to do with it and scanning ideas for adding exterior spot lights.
Ryan, if you don't kill your deer limit every season in the first couple of weeks, shame on you! I must have seen 20 deer in the first three miles after leaving your house! Ten of them were relaxing in a field 1/4 mile from your house. I almost made a hood ornament out of a beautiful doe that was taking her leisurely time to cross the road. They were everywhere!
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:06 AM   #26243
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[QUOTE=Eddy Alvarez;22747969] Ryan, if you don't kill your deer limit every season in the first couple of weeks, shame on you! I must have seen 20 deer in the first three miles after leaving your house! Ten of them were relaxing in a field 1/4 mile from your house. /QUOTE]


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Old 11-10-2013, 11:15 AM   #26244
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I had no idea about Moore's lake....


Anyone notice how HIGH the slides are????

The Cool kids would do a flip on the slid with the bump on the way down.

One day one of the kids missed the landing and hit his head on the side rail of the slide on the way down prompting and EMS call. A short time later the slide with the bump was removed. These slides were tall enough that semi frequently folks would get dizzy (or have drank too much) and fall or pass out ~ falling off of the stairs and sometime hitting a guide pole leg on the way down. Water at the base of the slides was about waist deep / 6' deep under the slide at the ladder. I think there were life guards up through the early 80's. High dive was the stuff... I forget how high but @ 7-10 yrs old I'd have thought I was at the Olympics... (High dive is to the left in the trees ~ far far back ground (White)). We stopped going to Mores Lake in 1983 when I began racing BMX full time (March thru Nov).

Many of the Brick cottages were sold just a few years back. I think they were auctioned. Most were picked up by crane and loaded onto a flat bed. The brick cottages were up the hill between the ridge and Jeff Davis.

Klim's Bridge repair "Pictured" / crossing the bridge dumps you out onto the main entrance road. Take a left and head back towards JD and it climbs the face of the ridge (Left to right). Take a right and it winds you around to where the 50's wagon is parked in the picture.

Chesterfield Bermuda Board member was pushing a business man at a recent council meeting to deveolp the property into a Cable park like this one in Florida.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXFu9DQ3XDM

The gentleman was trying to get permits to open one off of Hull street / west end.

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Old 11-10-2013, 11:29 AM   #26245
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FYI ~ Chester has lots of Hunting pressure. My commute brings my by it 2x daily. Locked gates on Jeff Davis across form Haley Ford are open & Trucks in the woods (This property just transferred ownership at auction this summer). Guys in deer stands visible from I-95. Defiantly lots of folks in the woods with guns north of 288 / Coxendale Rd.

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Old 11-10-2013, 02:33 PM   #26246
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...Many of the Brick cottages were sold just a few years back. I think they were auctioned. Most were picked up by crane and loaded onto a flat bed. The brick cottages were up the hill between the ridge and Jeff Davis. ...
The last few cottages were given away. Yours for the taking, but you had to pay to get it moved to your location.

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... Klim's Bridge repair "Pictured" / crossing the bridge dumps you out onto the main entrance road...
That picture above is taken from pretty close to where that repaired bridge is.. If you were standing on the main road with your back to the bridge, that's about the view you'd have.. 30+ years ago.
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Old 11-10-2013, 03:12 PM   #26247
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Today coming out of the gate onto Jeff Davis at Haley Ford chester was a work truck and trailer with a good sized Kabota tractor (Forks on the front and a Grader box on the rear). I know the access road for that property has a small creek crossing along the power line right-of-way. The ATV's had a made a Mud Bog of it. Originally it was a good hard bottom rock base but a 5' deep ravine. Beavers dammed it up 12 yrs ago and it silted in. Beavers moved and it became a mud hole ~ so the ATVs turned it into a mud pit. My guess is they are fixing the access road through that creek which is 1/2 way back to the interstate.
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Old 11-10-2013, 03:22 PM   #26248
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Finished installing new springs and Racetech cartridge emulators on the DL650 today. Went for a short ride afterwards. Wish I had done this a long time ago. I didn't do any tweaking, just installed the emulators as they were just out the box.
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Old 11-10-2013, 03:36 PM   #26249
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Finished installing new springs and Racetech cartridge emulators on the DL650 today. Went for a short ride afterwards. Wish I had done this a long time ago. I didn't do any tweaking, just installed the emulators as they were just out the box.


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Old 11-10-2013, 04:25 PM   #26250
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Roger, Sue and I will be there tomorrow by the time you all get back from your ride. Right now I don't have a bike that runs, so we are just coming over for the campfire and beer Saturday night.
Good to see you guys again, had a great time as usual. Kinda took the long way home. Weather was perfect.
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