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Fort Worth Flashback: Lake Worth created to supplement water for expanding city

Posted Sept. 22, 2014

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.

Lake Worth

Between 1911 and 1913, Fort Worth spent $1.5 million to acquire land and build a dam on the West Fork of the Trinity River, six miles northwest of downtown Fort Worth. Lake Worth was created to help supplement the city’s artesian wells, which to that point had provided water for the growing city.

This photograph shows the Lake Worth dam in the initial phases of construction. On Aug. 19, 1914, water flowed over the dam for the first time.

By 1915, the city limits had been extended to include Lake Worth and the city had begun stocking the lake with fish.

The lake and its 100-year history are brought to life through a collection of photographs and historical documents on display in the West Wing at the Central Library, 500 W. Third St., through Dec. 27.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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City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Aug. 11, 2020; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
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City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Aug. 11, 2020; City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
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Notice of Public Hearing to consider amendments to the Trust Agreement for the Fort Worth Permanent Fund: 7 p.m. Aug. 11, 2020; City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
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Zoning Commission Public Hearing: 1 p.m. Aug. 12, 2020; WebEx.
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Grow With Google: Collaborate, Meet, and Work Remotely: 2 p.m. Aug. 12, 2020; Online.
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Southside Infrastruction Improvements Virtual Project Meeting: 6 p.m. Aug. 12, 2020; Virtual Meeting.

Fort Worth Human Relations Commission Mayor's Committee on Persons with Disabilities: 10 a.m. Aug. 13, 2020; WebEx.
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Vendor Informational Forum for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises: 11:30 a.m. Aug. 13, 2020; Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway.
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Workforce Delivery Systems Committee: noon Aug. 13, 2020; Via Zoom.
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Regional Transportation Council Meeting: 1 p.m. Aug. 13, 2020; Teleconference meeting via Zoom.
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Community Action Partners (CAP) Council Special Called Meeting: 4 p.m. Aug. 13, 2020; WebEX.
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West Risinger Road Improvements Virtual Project Meeting: 6 p.m. Aug. 13, 2020; Virtual Meeting.

City Council Workshop: 12:30 p.m. Aug. 14, 2020; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
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