The history of Lake Worth begins in 1909 when two young boys accidentally set a fire that destroyed many buildings in Fort Worth. Fighting the fire nearly drained the city’s wells dry, so city leaders reconsidered an earlier suggestion from engineer John Hawley to create a surface reservoir. The enormous hole filled in just three weeks after heavy rains, instead of the predicted three years. Completed in 1914, Lake Worth became the largest reservoir in the Southwest. Fort Worth now had a better water supply, and local beach development brought water recreation to millions and greatly impacted the small community nearby. Through the years, silt and contaminants have infiltrated the lake, and the City of Fort Worth has temporarily stopped the slow process of dredging the lake because of the economy. But the community’s collective hope soars with the possibility that the lake and beaches eventually will be restored to their original condition.
About the Author
Author Lawana Mauldin is a former elementary school teacher who enjoys writing for all ages. A native Texan, she resides in Lake Worth with her husband, Ben, and their schnauzer, Dirk. Images for this volume were drawn from several local archives and private collections.
Table of Contents
1 Early Days 9
2 Community Developments 21
3 Further Development 49
4 Schools and Churches 67
5 Necessary Dynamics 85
6 Gangsters, Legends, and Lore 97
7 Special Interests, Past and Present 105