Wet Willys Waterslide - Defunct
June 20, 2008
I have always been fascinated by abandoned places. I guess
it comes from stumbling onto the ruins of a rumored World War Two era
camp in O'Hara Woods by Romeoville, IL when I was about eight.
It's neat seeing how nature was reclaiming the site and trying to figure
out how it was before being abandoned.
I've passed Wet Willy's Waterslide on my way to Six Flags St. Louis for
years. I remember noticing it because it was similar to a
waterslide that I used to frequent as a kid. Then the area around
Wet Willy's went through some
massive development and I eventually forgot that it was there.
Then when we were on the way to Six Flags St. Louis for opening weekend
this year I noticed a little of it on top of the hill and decided to go
and check it out someday.
Well the day after Evel Knievel's opening I was heading back to the
park after spending the night at Greg's. He was busy that day so I was
going solo and decided to go a bit early and take a look at what was
left of Wet Willy's Waterslide. I pulled up the hill surprised not
to see it gated off or covered with no trespassing signs so I continued
on up. At the
top pointing to the stairs to the waterslide was this wonderful sign.
Well it's good to know that if I ever need some now I know where to go.
Past the old foundation to what was where you paid for an afternoon at
Wet Willy's and picked up your mat to slide on or bought snacks are these
steps up to the slides.
Back in the 1970's and 80's before waterslides became fiberglass and
water parks filled the land if you wanted a water slide you had to have
a hill then you had to have a bunch of concrete to create the slide down it.
This chamber between the two big slides at Wet Willy's was where the
water was pumped into before it spilled over into the slides making it
so you could take a fast and wet trip down the hill.