Butram Country Club

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City/Town: Pine Bluff
Location Class: Commercial
Year Built: 1949
Year Abandoned: 2000
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Michael Schwarz

The cracks in the parking lot pavement are gradually giving away to more and more weeds. The lights that once illuminated the one time elegant snack bar stand dark. The electric bill no longer paid and their illumination no longer required. The large swimming pool that once hosted noisy crowds of fun-seeking summertime revelers continues to stand out in an easily recognized fashion but what little water now standing within it is filled with algae and covered by scum. And the only spirits left in the bar in the main building consists of the memories that continue to quietly reside from days now long gone.




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Laura
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Laura

In the 70’s, was there a country club type place in PB that had a swimming lake (not pool), surrounded by woods, with an island in the middle for a slide and life guard stand? Can’t recall the name of the place.

ryan
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ryan

Was it eden park? Or rosswood?

Patricia Weatherly
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Patricia Weatherly

Who owns it?

Rose
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Rose

Probable Don Butram. It was his fathers.

Rose
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Rose

Probably Don Butram. It was his fathers.

Sandra
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Sandra

So very sad to see what it looks like now, I went there as a per teen and teenager, then I always took my Daughter there as she was growing up, It was the best of times there, We always had so much fun.

Jim
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Jim

I was there almost every hour they were open for many summers! Used to love swimming with my friend Sherri.

Sherri
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Sherri

We had some good times there.

Urban
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Urban

Pool boy needed.

Jeff
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Jeff

I fell down the ladder on that high dive one time

Tiffany
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Tiffany

I fell down more than once. And on the diving board itself! ?
I remember the cookouts on the tennis court…

Jeff
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Jeff

But we survived

Amy
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Amy

I was in that pool during the train wreck (85-87?). I remember the smoke cloud looked like Tweety Bird to me.

Lelie
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Lelie

Wonder what it would take to get it going again.

Patti
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Patti

Just curious…why is there a love for abandoned places? They're sad-looking and can be an eyesore.

Michael Schwarz
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Michael Schwarz

One man's trash is another man's treasure! I love the stories that they tell, and we all have memories at these places that can live on forever through photos.

Warren
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Warren

I had many memories their too Jim. I understand completely why it had to close. Times change and we learn to move on. Hell. If someone opened it back up itd just be vandalized and tore up by a generation now that has no respect for anything these days. Not even themselves

Jim
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Jim

When we voted to close the pool membership had gotten real low and also the pool was in badly need of repairs because of 35 years of great use. The pool had bad cracks in it that had been patched year after year plus those were the original chlorinator tanks that were beyond use. The bridge going into But ram's had washed out and now is completely gone was needing to be replaced and the city wouldn't replace it because we were told that was a private road. With the pool being grandfathered in because it was there before it… Read more »

David Johnson
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David Johnson

Thanks, what year did it close?

Brian
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Brian

That's why Pine Bluff's population has dropped to 53,000. There's nothing left for decent people to do. I left because there were no jobs,no revenue and no movie theaters. There used to be several. The Flick, The Broadmoor and the mall. There used to be 2 drive in theaters too. Nothing to do unless you're a criminal. I wish I could get everybody I care about out of that "Shit Hole".

Randy
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Randy

Brian, I feel he same way. I have family in White Hall. But because of jobs they are always in P.B.. There is nothing in that mall with the population drop and check your pricing on real estate. That speaks for itself.

Mike
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Mike

I left in Nov of 1984 because of those reasons and still have a hand full of friends there Im trying to get out. We have had opportunitues to move back but declined each time

shannie50
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So sad, many of us are not please with this at all 🙁

Julie
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Julie

Wow! That's a sad sight. Every summer – all day long – I lived at that pool.

Harvey Rhodes
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Harvey Rhodes

I can still hear the music playing from across the railroad tracks…
#3504apple

Mark Grimmett
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Mark Grimmett

Did anyone notice that the building moved? I mean, it was on the shallow end when I went there. If you look closely in the pictures, it's on the deep end.

Kim
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Kim

Very weird….

stormy
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stormy

Building was aways on deep end. Lol

Mark Grimmett
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Mark Grimmett

Nope. It was on the shallow end in the 70's.

Mark Grimmett
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Mark Grimmett

…and the 80's.

Edgar Roupe
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Never been there. Didn't know where it was til I was grown (1970s).

Jim
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Jim

I was on the board when we decided to close.was not an easy decision but had no choice.alot of great memories

Dean Worthen
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Dean Worthen

What was the closing factor
Quality of crowd ?

I remember it in early 70

Donna
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Donna

Very sad. Used to take the kids there and they loved it.

Kirk
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Kirk

I learned how to swim there had some great memories there it's sad to see it all run down

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