Before the establishment of demarcated and guarded beach baths jumped to whim in Kinzig and Mühlbach. In an emergency, help was seldom in the area. In 1821 the grieving widow Arnold donated a shrine to her husband at Zunsweier with the text:
Young he sank in im Kinzigbade, but his spirit rose to God, because he was good ".
In 1925, the city of Offenburg opened an "air and sun on the Great Dike," after farmers had repeatedly complained of trampled meadows, "the grass is unusable for feeding, as found by the bathers Stegnadeln and other impurities."Although the clergy saw the sense of decency hurt, "because the bathers undress without separation of the sexes in the open," the population made immediate use of this first mixed bath. Rescue services and bicycle sheds, abortions and cabins were built. A shrewd citizen applied for his dog to be recognized as a rescue dog, freeing him from the dog tax. However, an examination by the local council proved the unsuitability of the animal, which wanted to get every bather, including the best swimmers, out of the water.
In 1955, water samples showed that coliform bacteria also bathed here because the Kinzig communities had no sewage treatment plants. Therefore, in 1957, the official bathing prohibition, which was initially disregarded, so much was the Great Dike popular. Even the prohibition signs were constantly being stolen.
August 23, 2017
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