12,000 Bathed in the Municipal Bath-House Dec. 7, 1904 news

December 7, 1904

scans from newspaper collection of
Ruth Adams-Battle

transcribed by Liz Stratton

12,000 Bathed in the Municipal Bath-House
Bremen Street Public Baths Have Been in Opertion Three
Months and Experiment Has Proved Successful, Say Officials

Cincinnati’s first municipal bath house on Bremen street, near Liberty, has now been in operation three months and the men interested in the enterprise declare that the experiment has proved successful beyond their expectations.  During the three months baths have been given to 12,000 persons, or at the rate of about a thousand a week.  Said Superintendent Rudolph Schmidt:  “A number of prominent Cincinnatians have stopped in here to see how we were getting along, and when they saw the comparatively large business the city’s bath-house was doing, they expressed surprise.  Some thought it would prove a fizzle, but its success is an assured fact.  The baths were opened September 7, which was after the close of the regular bathing season.  If we have had an average of a thousand people here a week during these fall and winter months, it can readily be seen that we will be pushed to our fullest capacity during the hot summer months.  With our 43 baths, we will only be able to handle about 3,000 persons a week.  Some time ago the bath house was used to its limit when we had 484 bathers in the institution in a single day.  That is the record number.  Of the 12, 000 bathers accommodated here, a little over a thousand were women and about a thousand were boys.  It is noticed that those who came here once, like the place and return frequently.  Five cents is charged for a bath and we have taken in $600.  New York has just opened a new free public  bath – the institution is growing in popularity.  This new one is on West Forty-first street, cost $110,000 and contains 101 shower baths, of which 29 are for women, and ten tubs devoted to the use of the aged and infirm.  There are eight male and eight female attendants.  In our bath-house are three men and a woman attendant.  The new bath house at New York is the second of the kind in that borough, the other being on Rivington street and it cost a tremendous amount of money.  Six others are under construction and appropriations for three more have been made, but the sites have not yet been selected.  In two of these bath houses there will be swimming pools for  both men and women, but I do not believe public swimming pools would be practicable at Cincinnati, unless located in running water, and then they could only be used in summer time.

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