Pocket Lakes

Rain! Good for the birdbaths, the koi ponds, and the lakes, even the little ones:

Fosdick Lake in Oakland Park was named for Edwin E. Fosdick (buried in Greenwood; see inset), who in 1909 bought the land to build a country club. But his seventy-five-member Inverness Club failed. The city took over the property in 1927. The CCC or WPA may have built the stone shelter house.

pocket lake echo catEcho Lake east of Interstate 35 and south of Berry Street was built as a reservoir for the International & Great Northern railroad, probably in 1903 when the I&GN began serving Fort Worth.

Just across I-30 from Fosdick, White Lake sits behind Nolan High School on the site of the old White Lake Dairy, which opened in 1927. Pangburn candy was made with milk from the dairy.

The three-acre lake in Greenbriar Park on Hemphill is fed by storm drain runoff from a watershed of 914 acres. Yes, someone keeps track of such numbers.

This lake on the East Side just west of Handley-Ederville Road is both unnamed and an orphan. It looks like an oxbow lake—a lake that results when erosion cuts off a curved section of river. But this body of water was created in the 1980s when a construction project straightened the Trinity River channel.

Google aerial shows the straightened channel and its C-shaped remnant. Also visible over the orphaned body of water is an orphaned bridge, abandoned when Handley-Ederville Road was moved to the east.

Bonus trivia: In Australia an oxbow lake is called a “billabong,” as in the song “Waltzing Matilda.”

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