Butram Country Club

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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
Laura
11 months ago

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
ryan
Reply to  Laura
11 months ago

Was it eden park? Or rosswood?

Patricia Weatherly
Patricia Weatherly
2 years ago

Who owns it?

Rose
Rose
Reply to  Patricia Weatherly
1 year ago

Probable Don Butram. It was his fathers.

Rose
Rose
Reply to  Rose
1 year ago

Probably Don Butram. It was his fathers.

Sandra
Sandra
3 years ago

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
Jim
3 years ago

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

Sherri
Sherri
Reply to  Jim
3 years ago

We had some good times there.

Urban
Urban
3 years ago

Pool boy needed.

Jeff
Jeff
3 years ago

I fell down the ladder on that high dive one time

Tiffany
Tiffany
Reply to  Jeff
3 years ago

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

Jeff
Jeff
Reply to  Tiffany
3 years ago

But we survived

Amy
Amy
3 years ago

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

Lelie
Lelie
3 years ago

Wonder what it would take to get it going again.

Patti
Patti
3 years ago

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

Michael Schwarz
Michael Schwarz
Reply to  Patti
3 years ago

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
Warren
3 years ago

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
Jim
3 years ago

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
David Johnson
Reply to  Jim
2 years ago

Thanks, what year did it close?

Brian
Brian
3 years ago

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
Randy
Reply to  Brian
3 years ago

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
Mike
Reply to  Brian
3 years ago

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
5 years ago

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

Julie
Julie
5 years ago

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

Harvey Rhodes
Harvey Rhodes
5 years ago

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

Mark Grimmett
Mark Grimmett
5 years ago

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
Kim
Reply to  Mark Grimmett
5 years ago

Very weird….

stormy
stormy
Reply to  Mark Grimmett
3 years ago

Building was aways on deep end. Lol

Mark Grimmett
Mark Grimmett
Reply to  stormy
3 years ago

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

Mark Grimmett
Mark Grimmett
Reply to  stormy
3 years ago

…and the 80's.

Edgar Roupe
6 years ago

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

Jim
Jim
6 years ago

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
Dean Worthen
Reply to  Jim
3 years ago

What was the closing factor
Quality of crowd ?

I remember it in early 70

Donna
Donna
6 years ago

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

Kirk
Kirk
6 years ago

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

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