The Plunge was built in 1925 making it one of the oldest swimming pools in Texas. It was dug by horse and mule teams. The swimming pool holds 330,000 gallons of water which also makes it one of the largest swimming pools in Texas.
Originally, the water in the pool came from a well that had the high mineral content that was prevalent at the time. Swimmers said the water smelled so bad you could hardly stand it when you went in, but after a while you adapted to it.
In the early days people did not have access to many pools and a lot of
people did not even own swimsuits. But at Oakdale Park you could rent a
swimsuit for a quarter and admission to the pool was a nickel.
In its day, the Oakdale Plunge would have been what we now consider a water park.