Municipal Archives

White Rock Lake, 1909-1910

​Collection 1991-011​


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorDallas Park and Recreation Department
TitleWhite Rock Lake
Quantity1 linear inch
AbstractLand acquisition, planning, and construction of White Rock Lake and Dam.
LanguageRecords are in English

Scope and Content

Collection documents the land acquisition, planning, and construction of White Rock Lake and Dam. 

White Rock Lake is a 1,015 acre urban lake owned by the City of Dallas.  Its main entrance is located at 8300 East Lawther Drive.  White Rock Lake provides space for a variety of outdoor activities, including a 9.33 mile hike and bike trail, an Audubon Society-designated bird watching area and wetlands site, picnic areas, and three rental facilities.  The lake also includes fishing piers, sailing facilities, and a meeting and event facility, the White Rock Bath House Cultural Center, located at 521 E. Lawther Drive.

The lake is fed by nine tributaries, including White Rock Creek, and was created as a reservoir for the City of Dallas. The City of Dallas purchased the land for White Rock Lake between 1907 and 1910; construction began in the spring of 1910 and was completed in the fall of 1911.  Supervision of the parkland of White Rock Lake was transferred from Dallas Water Utilities to the Dallas Park Board in 1929 as White Rock Lake Park was created. 

Collection contains five items, including a report by William Barclay Parsons, Consulting Engineer, on the soundness of specifications submitted for building a dam at White Rock Lake, and an item relating to the sale of unneeded tracts.


The collection is arranged chronologically.  


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White Rock Lake, 1909-1910 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related materials


Index terms

Dallas (Tex.) -- History
White Rock Lake Park (Dallas, Tex.)
White Rock Lake (Dallas, Tex.)

Container list 

Box​FolderTitle, Date
[Retainer fee agreement for engineer, 1909, Recommendation and specifications for traveling crane, undated, 1910, Sale recommendations for extra tracts at White Rock Creek site, 1910.]
Report on White Rock Creek Dam, 1909
[William Barclay Parsons, Consulting Engineer.]