Bridgeview Beach, 1942 (photo)

Children, and a few adults, enjoy Bridgeview Beach in 1942. (Sangamon Valley Collection)

Children, and a few adults, enjoy Bridgeview Beach in 1942. (Sangamon Valley Collection)

Beaches at Lake Springfield were segregated until 1952. The Lake Springfield Beach, near Lindsay Bridge, was open only to whites. Blacks were restricted to using Bridgevew Beach, which was on the south side of the lake.

The city of Springfield closed Bridgeview Beach in the early 1970s, but the former segregation of city beaches was one of the factors cited when a federal judge overruled Springfield’s commission form of city government.

(Photo: Sangamon Valley Collection)bridge

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2 Responses to Bridgeview Beach, 1942 (photo)

  1. Thank you for describing and providing a photograph of a part of Springfield’s past that remains unknown to far too many of us. If you read the account of the white race riot against our East Side black neighbors, as written by William English Wallings in The Independent (1908) you are left wondering what kind of city we are. Again, thank you.

  2. editor says:

    Thanks, Nick, and good to hear from you. (Saw your brother Tuesday at the Lincoln Tomb, by the way.)

    FYI: There’s a hyperlink to the Walling article in SangamonLink’s entry on the race riot. See the “More information” section of Race riot of 1908.

    Mike Kienzler

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