Thursday, February 22, 2018

Throwback Thursday

Once upon a time, it was actually possible to enjoy summers in the Jackson area.....






29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Property values on Yazoo clay are ALL that matter. (Cough cough) assholes.

noel said...

And you could take your boat to The Dock, have a burger and a Dock Rocker. Good times!

Anonymous said...

I don't remember Waterland at Tougaloo/County Line.

Anonymous said...

I barely remember Waterland, but I worked at Rapids for 3 summers in the early 90s. As summer jobs go, that was hard to beat.

Anonymous said...

What a throwback!! My wife is in the Waterland commercial!

Anonymous said...

Waterland was right about where Barksdale Cadillac is now.

Anonymous said...

Waterland wasn't actually on County Line. It was on the Ridgewood Road Extension. It was much nicer and cleaner than Rapids. Good Times!!

Anonymous said...

Waterland had a great summer daycare program for elementary kids. My daughter went every day.

Anonymous said...

Worked a few summers at Rapids also. Great job to pick up chicks. Got laid many times. Good times.

PittPanther said...

How does this town NOT have a water park? 400,000 people in the metro, blazing hot summers, and yet no one can make the numbers work?

Baton Rouge has one, and that town sucks worse than Jackson!

I guess everyone looks at our per-capita income and says "Nope, no way can they afford to go to a water park..."

Anonymous said...

PP, it is because enforcing a park rule that one can't wear their swim trunks half way down their ass is cost prohibitive.

Anonymous said...

Ah, back in the day.....Tubby's Tavern, Rat and the Jackson Power Boat Club, Main Harbor, Edge Water, The Zebra Motel,the Billups Station on 51........Back when a really good time could be had on The Rez and river. Before the advent of jetfleas.

Those were truly the days.

Anonymous said...

So whose mom is that at 00:21 in the Rapids commercial? She was built for speed...

Anonymous said...

Here's a related trivia question for the real die-hard Jacksonians: Where was Jackson's original water slide? This was before the water park concept - it was a stand-alone slide.

Anonymous said...

There was a slide where DaVita Dialysis is on the hill in South Jackson off 55

Anonymous said...

My guess is the slide at Livingston Park “pond.”

Anonymous said...

9:59, it was on I-20 near Cannon Motors. It was dug out of the hill. It's filled in now, but you can still see the slide entry near the office sitting at the top. Went many times.

Anonymous said...

Was the Jackson water slide off of Gallatin St. near I-55 South?

Anonymous said...

9:59 I believe it was on the hill in South Jackson. It was built in to the ground and not elevated. I can't recall the name.....

Anonymous said...

Whoo hoo! 10.35 AM wins the prize - an all-day pass to the water slide on I-55 South.

It was actually the property just west of the DaVita building, but close enough. In fact, you can still see part of the in-ground concrete flume in this Google Maps pic:

https://www.google.com/maps/@32.2758196,-90.1987982,3a,77.2y,146.32h,97.09t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sbrqB-CG1yQ0KNQESIqMC8w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Anonymous said...

There was also an elevated waterslide over off Hwy 80 in west Jackson in the early 80's. It wasn't open very long. The YMCA purchased it and was going to reconstruct in at the Southwest YMCA on Flowers Drive. Some knucklehead kids ended up setting the sections of slide on fire before they could get it put up.

Anonymous said...

Seems like there was another park on the now wooded lot at the corner of Spillway road and Harbor drive / Dyke road area for a few years if I remember....

Anonymous said...

Original water slide in Jackson was on Hwy. 80 just about 1 block west of Ellis Ave.

Anonymous said...

@2:14 you are correct. There was a waterslide there for a few years. I think Rapids killed it off.

Waterland was on the lot of the old Showtown USA drive-in theater. There was another Showtown on 80 in Pearl, just east of where Braves Stadium is now.

Anonymous said...

Before Rapids and Waterland there was another waterslide park thingy. It was located at Main Harbor about where the old Boat Works building sits now. Cant remember the name but went there several times.

Anonymous said...

Those were the good days,now all you'll see around Jackson is car washes ,nail salons and trash.

Anonymous said...

All those babes should do a reunion video. In bikinis.

Anonymous said...

Great memories. My entire media career is contained above.

Grayson Easterling said...

The Waterpark at Spillway and Harbor was Splish Splash

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