Lew Wentz Pool

Iphone pictures 11-16-14 405The Wentz Pool is one of the most stunning swimming pools in Oklahoma.  It was built by Lew Wentz who was an early 1900’s oilman and philanthropist.  He came to Oklahoma by way of John McCaskey, a wealthy investor in the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch in Ponca City.  By the end of 1927 Mr. Wentz was making one million dollars a month and was considered one of the seven richest men in the nation along with individuals such as Henry Ford, J.D. Rockerfeller and J. P. Morgan.

Mr. Wentz was not only an oilman but also lived a life of service. He organized and provided funding for the Oklahoma Crippled Children’s Society, built a public Olympic size swimming pool and golf course for Ponca City and established a boys and girls camp (Wentz Camp) in Ponca City. All of these facilities remain in operation to this day.  Mr. Wentz never married and his residence was primarily a suite at the Arcade Hotel in Ponca City, OK.  His giving lives on and on!


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