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Putting Southlake on the Map: Lake Grapevine

Apr 25, 2012 02:24PM ● By tina

The Southlake Historical Society presents speaker, Dale S. King, who will bring to life the history of Lake Grapevine on Thursday, May 10 in Southlake Town Hall.

King is the Natural Resource Manager for seven area lakes in the metroplex including Lake Grapevine and coordinates environmental programs for the area. He has been a part of the history of Lake Grapevine since he began working as park ranger there in 1975. King grew up in Wharton County, Texas and received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science and a Master’s of Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University.

The evening will include the discussion of the prehistoric area that is now Lake Grapevine along with maps and photographs of the construction and early days of the lake, which was built in the late 1940s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

History-lovers, dinosaur-diggers, environmental-enthusiasts, and students of all ages will enjoy the program.

Open to the public. Donations at the door are greatly appreciated by the Southlake Historical Society, a 501 (c) (3) organization. The Southlake Historical Society is grateful to the City of Southlake and the Southlake Public Library for their partnership in preserving the history of Southlake.

Pictured: Lake Grapevine Dam, circa 1950s (above left), Sodding, mulching and fertilizing downstream slope of Lake Grapevine Dam, April 10, 1952 (right).  Photo courtesy of USACE

History of the Southlake Historical Society

The Southlake Historical Society was created in 1992 when area residents answered the call of an ad placed in the Grapevine Sun newspaper. Local resident (and former Southlake mayor) Gary Fickes challenged readers to create a preservation group as a way to gather and preserve Southlake’s history. Since that time the Southlake Historical Society has been dedicated to archiving historical materials including scanning historical photos, gathering oral history interviews, helping in the research of both family and area business histories, developing programs for teachers and students, and working as the community advocacy group to preserve and protect Southlake’s history.  To learn more, visit Southlake Historical Society.