Photo Record

Object Name Image, Digital
Catalog Number 2014.029.032
Collection Martin family collection
Description A digitized photograph of a horse and rider diving into water at Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park. A handwritten note on the photo is addressed to Paul Jones, a relative of Dr. Walter L. Martin (Dr. Martin's mother was Anna Jones Martin). The note reads "To Paul Jones, a swell fellow in a swell park. Lake Winnepesaukah 1939. Doc and Sonora Carver."
William Frank "Doc" Carver is typically credited with popularizing horse diving. He added the act to his traveling show in the 1890s. Doc's son Al and Al's wife, Sonora Webster Carver, continued with the act until the 1942. Others kept it going until the 1970s. Sonora went blind after a jump in 1931, but continued to dive horses for eleven more years. The 1991 movie "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" is based on her life story.
Date 1939
Accession number 2014.029