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Fort Worth Flashback: Built to supply water, Lake Worth became recreation haven

Posted Sept. 7, 2014

Lake Worth Spillway

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Lake Worth, each week in September Fort Worth Flashback will take a look at the role of the lake in our city’s history.

When Lake Worth was first filled in 1914, city officials tried to keep boaters and swimmers off of it, saying they would harm the quality of the water. But by 1917, a bathing pavilion and public beach opened at Casino Beach, and Lake Worth was called “the largest municipal park in the world” by the Fort Worth Parks Commission.

The 5,430-acre lake, with about 40 miles of shoreline, remained popular through the 1920s and ’30s as campgrounds and picnic areas popped up.

This photo, circa 1930, shows a man fishing below the spillway of Lake Worth’s dam.

The City of Fort Worth built Lake Worth in 1914 as a destination for recreation and entertainment. The lake and its 100-year history are brought to life through a collection of photographs and historical documents on display in the West Wing at the Central Library, 500 W. Third St., through Dec. 27.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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