Part II - The Pool & Bath Houses
Part III - The First Floor Interior, A
Part IV - The First Floor Interior, B
Part V - The 2nd Floor Foyer, Hall, and Exterior
Part VI - The 2nd Floor Interior
Part VII - In search of the Tatham Spring
Part VIII - Epilogue, Tatham Springs: The Final Chapter
n Part I of this series, we took a photographic tour around the exterior the Hotel's sides and front. We ended this tour at the rear where the porch has collapsed by the river. In an attempt to keep your mental image of the property in sync with the photographs, here's my super-technical diagram once more.
The red line indicates the path taken in Part I and the red "X" roughly marks the spot where the last photo was taken, facing the side of the hotel. The photos in this entry will be about the section of the property at the rear of the hotel, at the ends of the "E" branches: the pump house, the pool, and the interior of both bath houses.
Of the structures on the property, the pump house is probably in the best shape. The corrugated tin which covers it appears to have a fairly fresh coat of paint and there is also a shiny padlock assembly on it. The only conclusions I have for this is that it probably contained electrical pumping equipment, possibly for agricultural purposes, for sometime after the property lay dormant and its owners didn't want anyone stealing it.
There was no padlock on it any more, though. I opened the door and took a peek inside. All that was left was the pipe which ran into the cistern and some sort of pulley, probably a manual pump for priming the electric one. Behind the pulley was the platform where the pump probably sat, judging from the water stains on the wall.
I continued my exploration now along the backside of the hotel. Where the porch had collapsed on the side (to the left in the following photo) it had poured beyond the back of the building leaving a huge pile of lumber and tin. Off to the right in this photo, through the vegetation, you can make-out the rusted tin roof of the middle branch of the "E" and just below it, the roof of the first bath house.
The bath houses are virtually identical from the outside. They each have a single doorway on the right-side of center, flanked by a single window on the left. The only thing which distinguishes them from each other aside from their locations is the difference in vegetation growing on them. The first of these photos is the bath house directly across from the pool, nestled between the first two branches of the "E", and the second photo is of the latter, slightly further up from the pool.
The interior of the two buildings were identical as well. Along the right wall was a row of toilet stalls....
...while along the left wall was a shelf with a row of plumbing beneath where sinks were once mounted.
Both houses had been stripped of all their sinks and toilets, however, in the second house there were still a few sinks that had been left behind lying in the floor.
The water heaters had been left behind as well.
As you look at the above photo, if you were to walk directly toward the water heater and turn right, behind the wall with the shelf on it you would find the shower stalls.
Altogether, the view of the hotel from the rear looks like this:
You can clearly see the three branches of the "E" formed by the hotel. The first bath house is obscured by a tree in this photo but you can see how the second one is nestled between the sections of hotel. Now for those of you who have been keeping that mental image in your head from my nifty diagram, you may be wondering where the pool is. If you look closely to the far left of the photo you can just make out the rail of the pool ladder coming out of the ground just below where the siding is coming off the hotel. You may recall I said that the first bath house sits directly in front of the pool.
Actually the view is much better when you're standing in front of the bath house.
As I approached the pool, frogs scattered into the deeper pools of water and took cover among the refuse. I did manage to sneak a shot of this guy, though.
The pool has become the final resting place of some old boilers in addition to tree branches, a tractor tire, window panes, and various pieces of scrap metal, including what appeared to be the remains of an old stove. In addition, the entire deep-end of the pool is being over-taken with vegetation.
I told you the pool was pretty cool, eh? In Part III, we shall roll up our sleeves and venture inside the Tatham Springs Hotel.