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Swamp Coolers

John C. McCornack
Yukon, Oklahoma



If you love barns….
Why not build your home to look like a barn

When I used to visit Oklahoma in the summer as a teenager one of my uncles had a "swamp cooler" in his house. We really felt like we were "up town" when we could go inside and get some relief from the oppressive heat outside! Just as a side note. When my dad and his family moved to Oklahoma originally they built one building. It served as a barn and the family home. There were two rooms for the house and a barn with 4 stanchions for the milk cows. The original building which was built around 1915 still stands at the family farm. It is now used to store hay ... R

Swamp Cooler

Vintage home with a swamp air cooler

Swamp Coolers

Swamp coolers are an efficient and effective machine for cooling. As a direct placement for air conditioning in dry climates like Oklahoma, Utah and Nevada, it is an example of how man can work with nature. Being so much less expensive than air conditioning, it almost seems that we are getting something for nothing. This short essay explains part of the fascination with the evaporative cooler phenomenon.

The way a swamp cooler operates is very simple. There is a low horsepower motor which pumps the water from the floor of the cooler to the top of the cooler, where it proceeds to fall down the sides, along porous filter pads. A second motor drives a fan which pulls air from the outside, through the cooler, and then pushes it into the hot room. The significant cooling action is the water evaporating as the air passes through it. (Incidentally, the water level is kept constant with the help of a floating sphere functioning similar to the one in the toilet bowl.) The hot air enters the cooler, where two small motors power nothing more than a fan and a pump, in order to send cool air into the hot room.  The way the air is cooled in the cooler, is similar to the way evaporating sweat cools the human body.

The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used wet mats (what we would call cooling pads today) to cool indoor air. They hung the mats over the doors of their tents and other dwellings. When wind blew through the mats, evaporation of the water cooled the air inside. The people of India later used this method to cool the royal palaces. During the 1500's the first mechanical fan was built to provide ventilation. In 1800, textile manufacturers in New England began using water evaporative systems to condition the air in their mills. The systems consisted of large "cooling towers" with fans that transported the water-cooled air inside buildings. In 1939 "swamp cooler" type devices were produced and presented relief from heat for homes and facilities. They cooled the temperature on certain days, when the relative humidity was low, around 8 degrees.

The Swamp Cooler

The swamp cooler is so perfect
For cooling in the dry climate states
It’s cheap and efficient as well
It was genius for someone to create

It’s better than an air conditioner
It’s clean and fresh and unique
It is an invention truly needed
For so many households to keep

The concept goes back to ancient times
Clear back to the 1500’s, my friend
To cool the royal palaces
Can you believe that was a trend?

It’s certainly something to think about
On a hot night as you sleep in your bed
These days of high electricity bills
You might consider a swamp cooler instead!

Marilyn Lott © 2008 - 150

Cloud Chief Horses

My niece and husband with horses
on the McCornack Home Place


The World of Mom:

My mom taught me

If you do settle in the North and bear children,
don't think they will automatically
accept you as a Yankee.
After all, if the cat had kittens in the oven,
we wouldn't call 'em biscuits.

Amish in Illinois

The World of Mom:

My mom taught me

Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action

OKC barn

The World of Mom:

My mom taught me

Eat those carrots, they're good for your eyes,
have you ever seen a rabbit wearing glasses?

More barn

Weathered and Worn

There's a barn in a field of a farm of days gone by
When the land was tilled by horses and by man
No modern machinery, was seen upon this land
But today there is a sign that it was grand

It must have taken many men to harvest all the crop
And I'm sure they all worked hard and did their share
I think they must have helped each other as neighbors use to do
There's still a sign that farm had plenty there

That barn's still standing all alone among the weeds
Its doors are now shuttered and they're worn
The paint that use to grace its sides are all but peeled away
The roof has shingles missing now and torn

It is a stately size as far as barns were built back then
It has the stalls and rooms beyond those doors
The hayloft still has bits of grain the critters left to dust
There is a hitching post inside the door

The horses that it sheltered must have been a farmer's pride
The rings that held the ropes are still intack
This barn that now is weathered and worn
Can only serve to bring good memories back



Another Red Dirt poem by John


Love to touch a fence post and feel the red dirt

Swamp Coolers

Early day farmers learned to live with hot
With temperatures about 100F many a day
Sweat and hard work were always normal
From the sweat there was never a holiday

With swamp coolers it became possible to
To turn water into cool, a lifelong dream
The life style of farmers started to change
As a good night’s sleep became the routine


Learn to know Don

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1. Some of the qualities I especially like about people at Spanish Cove are these:

2. You don’t pretend to be perfect.

3. You are who you are and accept one another’s imperfections as they accept yours.

4. You strive for quality of life over quantity.

5. You stay active, engaged and live purposeful lives.

6. You work on the things that make you better, and better you become.

7. Your end result is you are living longer better.

8. You come from a generation whose last name and hometown represented deeply rooted character and values that helped define who you are.

9. You not only brought this with you, but you have applied it to Spanish Cove as if it were your hometown.


Historical Photo by John

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When I worked for living


A Spanish Cove special memory

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Roy, Russell, Marvin attending a meeting of
The Literary Preservation Society (2015)


Photo by Roy Privott

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Carl on T-box #2 at The Links at Mustang Creek (2015)
Bob is watching to make sure it is done correct.


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My daughter and family live in Colorado, and they have a swamp cooler, haven't been there yet, but they have told me it works great. I love the looks of the house that looks like a barn, just beautiful,,,,,, thanks for all the great pictures,,, they are so wonderful

just wanted to pass a little info on to you. I still have a working SWAMP Cooler I use all the time - it is in my back part of the house- {it is a tri level and has lost of turns and such} and in summer it sure helps keep down the good old elect bill-- lol

This is soo interesting. I can remember when my uncle had his farm and yes, they did sweat. Of course when we were in the fields picking berries we did our share of sweating then, too. But it was a way of life. I think sometimes that was nature’s way of helping the body not only from the summer heat but we also took to the cold much better than today.

I have seen the day I was thankful for the Water Cooler... for cooling the house.. One summer in August we went to Carlsbad.. and on the way back we visited Friends... in Lubbock.. .   That is the one that had the cooler in her home in Lubbock.. If you had only coolers here along the gulf coast we would have mold for sure. Insurances are talking about pulling our of this area.. Now they say the mold is toxic..


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Such fun that I have planned for today
At the beach and perhaps I’ll stay.

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The roar of the ocean waves ashore
With seashells and pretty rocks galore.



Bubba checks out a bar-headed goose


The bar-headed goose (Anser indicu) gets its common named from the two bars of brownish-black colored feathers that wrap around the back of its head. This goose has a light grey body, white on its face and neck, orange legs, and bill. Its feet are webbed and it has broad wings. Adults, on average, grow to lengths of 30 inches and weights of 4-6.5 pounds.

Female bar-headed geese lay 4-6 white eggs per clutch, the eggs require about 27 days to incubate.

In the wild, bar-headed geese breed in Central Asia (southeast Russia, northern India and western China) and migrates over the Himalayas to over-winter in India and northern Burma. Bar-headed geese feed on grass, barley, wheat, and rice.

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