Municipal Archives

White Rock Lake Improvements, 1956-1982

​Collection 1995-044


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorDallas Park and Recreation Department
TitleWhite Rock Lake Improvements
Quantity6.25 linear inches
AbstractPrinted reports and memoranda.
LanguageRecords are in English

Scope and Content

Collection documents improvements and construction programs of White Rock Lake between 1956 and 1982.

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.  The park includes 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.  Later construction and improvements have been made by both the Dallas Park and Recreation Department and the Dallas Public Works Department.

Collection contains reports developed for dredging, traffic, and drainage improvements projects undertaken by the City of Dallas.


The collection is arranged chronologically.  


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White Rock Lake Improvements, 1956-1982 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Materials

Collection 1995-021—White Rock Lake Dredging, 1930-1942
Collection 1995-022—White Rock Lake General Subject Files, 1921-1953

Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Dallas (Tex.). Dept. of Public Works
Dallas (Tex.). Park and Recreation Board
White Rock Lake Park (Dallas, Tex.)

Container List

BoxFolderTitle, Date
11Sedimentation Study on White Rock Lake and Watershed [U.S. Department of Agriculture], 1956 [seven copies]
 2Report on Drainage Improvement Studies, Upper White Rock Creek, 1965
 3Report of Sedimentation Survey, White Rock Lake, 1970 [three copies]
 4Summary Report on Investigations for Improvement Program for White Rock Lake Park, 1971
[13 copies]
 5Skillman Avenue Bridge, White Rock Creek - Widening of Skillman Avenue, 1982 [three copies]
21White Rock Lake Committee Memorandum and Summarized Interim Report, 1971
 2Report on Investigations for Improvement Program for White Rock Lake Park, 1971