& Recreational Facilities
These photos provide a glimpse of the public buildings and
recreational facilities available in Charlotte in 1940. Public buildings,
including the Post Office, City Hall, and the Mecklenburg County Courthouse
are described as "modern, adequate" facilities. The municipal park system
consisted of eight tracts totalling 327 acres and was valued at $173,300.
Charlotte also boasted a swimming pool, two country clubs, and six
golf courses. How times have changed!
Legion Memorial Stadium
This venerable structure, built in the 1930s for the sum of $100,000, has
been renovated several times and continues to serve as an important outdoor
recreation facility in downtown Charlotte.
Charlotte's first municipal swimming pool cost the enormous sum of
$120,000 to construct, more than the stadium!
Public Services Complex
The Fire Department, Health Department, and Police Department all
operated from this complex. There already were several police and fire
stations scattered throughout the city when this facility was built.
Myers Park Country Club
One of two country clubs in Charlotte in 1940. The first was the
Charlotte Country Club, located east of downtown in the Plaza-Midwood
Southern States Fairground
This site was the largest entertainment facility in the county. Built at
a cost of $200,000, the fairground hosted a variety of arts, cultural, and
other special events.