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.