Chad Craig

Denham Springs, LA

#63 Jun 23, 2012
Several people swimming there had drowned and they had to close the place down.
Jim Tullier

Port Allen, LA

#64 Sep 19, 2012
All I can remember is being very young and crying because I was so afraid of the dancing Maniquin but the memories of my Mom and Dad there are some of the best days of my life! and the super slide! wow!
prum

Jarreau, LA

#65 Sep 19, 2012
Chad Craig wrote:
Several people swimming there had drowned and they had to close the place down.
i thought it was because of the blacks
Really

Jarreau, LA

#66 Sep 19, 2012
prum wrote:
<quoted text>i thought it was because of the blacks
You stupid CRACKER!!
johnnygunn

Panama City Beach, FL

#67 Sep 25, 2012
my uncle bruce and aunt libby owned thunderbird and i always got in free great place 58 and still miss it ,used to go there in off season and shoot snakes in the marsh.always good hunt there,mostly water moccicins.
johnnygunn

Panama City Beach, FL

#68 Sep 25, 2012
loved hoppers and the paramount theatre and the speakeasy always impressed my dates at these spots.
melanie

Denham Springs, LA

#69 Jan 24, 2013
I remember being afraid of drowning there, as I was still quite young and couldn't swim. There was some kind of water fountain in the middle of it. So my Dad taught me, my brother and sister how to "float". I don't think we were old enough for the slide either. I remember the covered tables where we would eat our ice chest packed lunch. And on the other side of that, across the water was the arcade. One thing I remember and it probably frightened me is why I remember it so well. At the arcade, there was this small glass booth, like the ones those fortune tellers were in, and there was a life size doll, or I should say lady, dressed up in the 60's attire inside of this booth...You put a nickel or quarter in and music would play and this lady would dance. Can't remember the song but it weirded me out wondering if she was real or not. LOL.
It is now the Tiki tubing place and I have been out there but didn't go tubing. My husband and son have been tiki tubing there once.
Nice memories~
melanie

Denham Springs, LA

#70 Jan 24, 2013
p.s. Just found old 8mm film of us at this beach and had it transfered to a DVD.
melanie

Denham Springs, LA

#71 Jan 24, 2013
johnnygunn wrote:
my uncle bruce and aunt libby owned thunderbird and i always got in free great place 58 and still miss it ,used to go there in off season and shoot snakes in the marsh.always good hunt there,mostly water moccicins.
I always wondered who owned it. Do they still own it? Did a lot of people really drown there and that's why it was closed? It must have been a huge liability for them. Sad though, it was nice family fun. Just found old 8mm film of us there as kids and transferred it to DVD.:)
Main Street

Jarreau, LA

#72 Jan 24, 2013
prum wrote:
<quoted text>i thought it was because of the blacks
Just like ever thing else.
Ghetto Gorilla

United States

#73 Jan 27, 2013
Main Street wrote:
<quoted text>Just like ever thing else.
Damn honkeys..always blaming the black.man..:(
Pam

Washington, DC

#74 Apr 7, 2013
I met Wayne at Thunderbird Beach summer, 1967 on vacation with my family. We married in '69, had two boys. We're divorced & remarried & he's got three more boys. He lives on the North shore now. The beach was a great family get away!
Ben Babin

Andrews, NC

#75 Jun 23, 2013
Bikini Beach is now Hemingbough. The swimming pool is now a reflecting pool. I went to a wedding there about 10 years ago and felt de ja vu because of the pool. I knew I had been there before. It all came back to me.
Now Thunderbird beach was in Livingston Parish, but not quite sure its exact location
Mona

Baton Rouge, LA

#76 Jul 2, 2013
Remember shooting pool with all the crew, and skinney dipping late at night.

Since: Sep 08

Baker, La

#77 Jul 4, 2013
Mona wrote:
Remember shooting pool with all the crew, and skinney dipping late at night.
We lived in Watson I was lucky my sister was 5 years older then I was and she was 17. I remember the lifeguards hiting on her.This was around 1975 or 76. Needless to say the lifeguards took good care of me trying to impress her. Man I had a blast there. And boy do i remember the skinny dipping at night. Most likely why I am a boob man to this day. Its funny I don't remember anyone drowning there.
VJ Paola Central

Zachary, LA

#78 Aug 5, 2013
Ben Babin wrote:
Bikini Beach is now Hemingbough. The swimming pool is now a reflecting pool. I went to a wedding there about 10 years ago and felt de ja vu because of the pool. I knew I had been there before. It all came back to me.
Now Thunderbird beach was in Livingston Parish, but not quite sure its exact location
You can find it on googlemaps.com . The subdivision built at the site of Thunderbird Beach is called Paradise Lakes. To find it on googlemaps.com . Just search for "Lake Meadow Dr. Watson, La." Lake Meadow Dr. is where the old road entering the park was, then you can follow it to the lakes. What is left of the beach seems to be only about maybe half or a little less of it's original size. The lake next to it is where they would rent the paddle boats. The area around the subdivision side of the lake was mostly picnic area with the exception of the pavilion and concession area. I have many good memories of family outings on Sundays there. Also have some old photos someplace of me, and my brothers and sisters at the beach. I remember you'd have to get there early to be able to get a picnic table back then. It was a busy place on the weekends.

Since: Aug 13

Zachary, LA

#79 Aug 5, 2013
I also thought that I read someplace that Tbird Beach was the first place to have a slide of that height and type. It seemed that you climbed those stairs forever for a 2 second ride down. Then back to the stairs for another round lol.
ketch22

Denham Springs, LA

#80 Jul 1, 2014
a mom wrote:
<quoted text>Yes it called Tiki tubng now GOD know's they couldn't use
the same name due too all of the deaths that happen there & now same problem new name .people pay good money to die or to watch
tiki tubing is not the old thunderbird beach....thunderbird beach is north of tiki tubing
ketch22

Denham Springs, LA

#81 Jul 1, 2014
a mom wrote:
<quoted text>Yes it called Tiki tubng now GOD know's they couldn't use
the same name due too all of the deaths that happen there & now same problem new name .people pay good money to die or to watch
tiki tubing is not the thunderbird beach site....thunderbird beach was north of tiki tubing
Mike A

Shreveport, LA

#82 Aug 9, 2014
My mother knew the guy who dug the lake. This area was more woods, pastures, and swamp-ish than anything else back in the day. The guys neighbors didn't think anything when he brought in a dragline and started digging. They just thought he was digging a slough for his cattle. Little did they know he was digging Thunderbird Beach. Don't ask me his name. I don't remember it and my moms memory is too far gone to recall this detail. I want to say it was Red Griffin or Griffith though.

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