Cooley-McDaniel Cotton Gin & Gristmill -
man at the left, with the hat, is Andrew Jackson McDaniel. Others
in the photo are unknown. A.J. McDaniel came to Jasper County MS
wont find it on a map or listed in any travel guides, but
1929, the Laurel Mississippi Rotary Club purchased the property
from Perry and developed it into a recreational site. They also
hired Mr. Howard Allen to manage the facility. Six years later,
Mr. Allen purchased the facility along with 120 acres of land.
Howard Allen operated
In addition to swimming, Howard Allen strove to add other Waukaway attractions. Through the years, there were alligators of all sizes on display, white tail deer in a pen, 7-pound striped bass, and a tame school of blue gill bream that would eat out of your hand. During the 1940s, he sponsored group camps for churches, Boy Scouts, and underprivileged children. Through the 1950s, a private two-week camp, with an Indian theme, was held. A Choctaw Indian named Cooley Jim was on resident making crafts as well as bows and arrows. The climax came in the form of kids donning Indian costumes and holding a War Party. During the 1960s, participation in these camps came to an end as the various organizations established their own private facilities. In its place, a small RV park was added to the eastern area of the lake.
1978, Howard Allen passed away. Sadly, the
A clip from a Stafford Springs advertisement
A post card from the 1950's
An extremely brave swimmer jumping off the famous diving tower - C 1960's
Three personal photos submitted by Dr. Mark Allen
Lake Waukaway - C 1925 - A group of swimmers prior to extensive improvements. Note the yellow highlighted box.
Detail of yellow highlighted box- The building in the background is assumed to be the old Cooley-McDaniel mill pictured at the top of this page. Based on the topography of the land, this photo appears to represent the western shore of the lake. The lake's dam is situated to the north and the feeder springs to the south. The mill was fed water by a system of wooden flumes, part of which can be seen to the left of the unidentified man at about waist height.
Speculated location of Cooley-McDaniel Mill
Lake Waukaway - C 1927
Young girls posing on the Lake Waukaway dam - C 1927
Cecil & Denny Allen - 1927
About to jump into early Waukaway - mid-20's
Early Waukaway - mid-20's
Diving into early Waukaway - mid-20's
Jerry and Judy Adkins - submitted by Judy
During 2003, I revisited the Waukaway site and recorded the following photos. The facility is no longer open to the public and I deeply appreciate the staff of the facility for allowing me access onto the grounds.
This was the original entrance road and parking area
The old entrance gate
The old entrance staircase. The building on the right is new and was once the site of the Allen home. The entrace office was located on the ground floor.
A shot of the old kid's pool, much like it used to be. The slide may actually be the original.
A general shot of the lake. Gone are the diving platforms. The inflatable things are obviously new. The docks are configured about the same.
It's clear that the depth of the lake is far less than it once was. I'm not sure if this was a natural change or intential.
Looking back toward the dam. You can almost see the ice forming on top of the water.
A shot of the secondary lake below the dam. As I remember, this was home to some pet fish.
While wandering in the woods, I stumbled across this relic. It's the old platform from the diving tower. Few brave souls ever saw this thing up close.
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