|At the turn of the 20th century, Hancock Park served as a major Baptist encampment. The First Baptist Church in Lampasas helped in the organization of the Lampasas Baptist Association in 1896 and assisted in the establishment of the Lampasas Baptist Encampment which met annually on the present site of Hancock Park through 1928. As it grew, so did the need for bathing facilities. |
Hancock Park Swimming Pool developed from that need in 1911, according to The Blade, published in Lampasas from 1906-1918. In its early beginnings, the pool was actually a large bath tub, complete with soap, towels and dressing rooms for campers. Baths cost 15 cents each, and men and women had separate bathing opportunities.
Directors of the Baptist encampment leased the pool from the Chamber of Commerce of Lampasas. The pool also served as a baptistery. The last Baptist encampment took place in July 1928, and the property sold in May 1929 to Charles Baker and Mrs. Lewis Little of Lampasas..
By 1933, Hancock Springs Swimming Pool was known as "The Best Bathing Resort in West Texas." Large crowds came to Lampasas to bathe in and drink the healing spring water.