Most people want a pool in their homes but while most are content with a standard, rectangular pool, Micky Thornton of Covington, Tenn. wanted a massive pond-like backyard swimming pool with a lot of room to swim.
“To start with, I probably had the idea when I was 9 or 10 years old,” Thornton told WREG Memphis. “I wanted [the pool] large in the deep end but large and deep enough you could swim around and not feel like you are trapped in a little box.”
Since his backyard pool idea was much grander than most people, Thornton decided to start turning his vision into a reality early on. He began working on the project on Labor Day of 1993, only a year after they moved to Covington.
“I was 39 years old then and I thought if I ever am going to do anything like that I better get started working on it,” Thornton said.
Thornton’s wife, Jane was supportive of his project as long as the pool would be built far from the house. While it may seem impossible at first, considering the surrounding terrain, Jane was insistent.
“If you’ve seen my house I have pavement everywhere and he wanted to put it right next to that. I told him he had to move it out some. He told me ‘But it’s all pasture and it runs downhill,’ and I said, ‘You’re smart enough you can figure it out,'” Jane shared.
The initial pool that Thornton built was only a hole dug in the ground with rubber liners.
But he continued to work on his dream pool as the years went on, improving it here and there. Now, almost 25 years later, he was finally built a huge pool that can hold over half a million gallons of water.
While the Thorntons just want the pool to be used by family and friends, they eventually opened it to the public after a growing demand and it has become somewhat of a local attraction.
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