Splashtown lazy river

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GOOGLE SPLASHTOWN!

 

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To Fluke: To take a temperature using a digital infrared thermometer such as made by Fluke, Inc.

Temp near and at Splashtown on Aug 5, 2007:

Highway Pavement:

Air Temp, Houston:

 

88F
98F

Lazy River at Splashtown:

 

Fluke
FLUKE IT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Splashtown Videos

 

 

136F

 

 

 

Splashtown

Flume

Another flume

Spinner

Tornado

Free Fall

 

 

 

 

 

tornado

A 260 Press Photoessay:

 

 

2005, 06, 07
SPLASHTOWN














The first time I came to Splashtown was in 2002. Like most first-timers I decided to float in the Lazy River most of the day. Back then, the tornado hadn't been built yet, and so the best rides were the Spinner, the Flumes and of course, the Free Fall.

But the Lazy River is still the best way to get around Splashtown. The current is fast and you can circle the park within 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

Splashtown is found north of Houston, Texas--a city infamous for replacing historic buildings, good restaurants and theme parks with condominiums, banks, parking lots, and bad restaurants.

The Splashtown site seen here is located near I-45 and has long attracted the interest of real estate developers. In 2006, a rumor spread that the company owning Splashtown had sold it to a private developer of office parks. In an area where it was not unusual for churches to sell their land to Walmart, the rumor had the ring of truth.

I decided that, if Splashtown's days were numbered, I would at least have the photos to remember her by. Fortunately, the development deal fell through and Splashtown stayed around another year. Sooner or later, though, the price will be right, the land will be sold, and buildings will rise where the Tornado used to be.

In mid-century America, waterparks were common. As land prices increased, developers bought up the sites and replaced them with office buildings and gate communities filled with McMansions. If you have a waterpark near near you, visit it now, before it's gone forever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tree House

 

 

 

The Flume (one of several at Splashtown)

 

The Rapids (also known as the Red Slide)

 

 

The Spinner (also known as the Toilet Bowl)

 

 

The Tornado(built in 2005)

 

 

The Texas Free Fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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