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Gunplay was also part of history of
building of Lake Bridgeport Dam
    The following is an account    some 30 or 40 workers in the         seemed to be only three people    he was a very small force to        worked.
by W.E. Hembree of what was        Leamon gang. A few of the lo-        as only three types of bullets    stand between these men and             It was at this point that the
called the Battle of Mount         cal people were hired by Mr.         could be detected. One was a      their attackers.                    Mexican Consular Service en-
Horeb which occurred during        Leamon, he paid $3 per day for       39 caliber, probably of German        As the result of this and the   tered the investigation. The
the building of the dam at Lake    clearing brush and trees from        make. A 33 rifle and a shot gun   discussion that Mr. Leamon          consular promptly caused all of
Bridgeport.                        the lake basin.                      using one ounce balls, prob-      had a few days later with the       the Mexican nationals to be
    In 1930 the construction of        A few days after the discus-     ably from a 12 gauge shot gun.    local group, two of the leaders     given safe conduct to their
the dam at Lake Bridgeport         sion between the group of lo-           The attackers disappeared      of the local group were arrested    homes in Mexico or elsewhere,
was started by Trinity Farms       cal citizens and Mr. Leamon          as quickly and as silently as     for questioning but were not        where it was considered safe
and Uvalde Construction Com-       and his body guard, the two          they had come But in their        put under peace bonds.              for them.
panies as the prime contractors.   leaders of the local citizens        wake they had not only left           The next two weeks would            Thanks should be giving to
There were several subcontrac-     were given instructions to stay      broken windows and one of the     have caused the tourists to         the Mexican Consular Service
tors for various parts. Among      in town on a certain night and       Leamon faction wounded by a       think that the old wild west was    for relieving a tense situation.
them was the Leamon Clear-         to stay where they would be          pistol shot from a 38 caliber,    being relived by the members        It is not known whether the
ing Contractors.                   seen by all of the public. At that   they had created an interna-      of the Leamon faction or            Mexican officials were invited
    Mr. Leamon being from the      time that was not hard to do be-     tional incident. Mexican na-      maybe they had not heard of         by the Tarrant Water Board or
Rio Grande Valley area             cause all stores stayed open         tionals were in danger and had    the Texas law that did away         came on their own accord to
brought his crew of workers        until midnight. The leaders          been fired upon by unknown        with gun-toting. Everywhere         check on the trouble that had
with him, most of whom were        obeyed the instructions.             parties.                          that any of the Leamon faction      occurred to their nationals.
of Mexican nationality. This           On the set date about 9 p.m.        The Wise County Sheriff        went, whether it was in any of          This brought on changes
did not meet with the approval     the Leamon camp was thrown           was called. Sheriff George        the stores or into an               and reprisals to the labor group
of the local citizens and much     into a turmoil, the first shot had   Young and one of his deputies,    individual’s home they carried      that followed in the next tim-
talk was spread as to what was     been fired into the Leamon           Marvin Roach, answered the        a shot gun and pistols strapped     ber clearing project. The next
to be done about placing the lo-   Camp. For the next thirty min-       call. When Sheriff Young ar-      to their sides.                     group were put on contract ba-
cal people in these jobs held by   utes some 200 shots had been         rived about an hour later, men        This state of alarm was also    sis and the value or price paid
foreigners.                        fired into the Leamon com-           were running everywhere and       observed on the job where the       was very low in some cases
    The tense situation grew as    pound, and equal amount had          shooting at the least possible    men were working and an             and fair in other cases. But
the days went by and a group       been fired from the Leamon           noise. It was indeed a risk to    armed check guard was placed        people had to work, their fami-
of the local citizens surrounded   faction.                             be among them. At a later date    at the entrance of all roads        lies were without food and
Mr. Leamon and his body                The attacking forces             Young told me that he felt that   leading to the area where they      clothing.
guard one day in the Frost
Drug Store. The discussion
was very heated and threats
were expressed by several dif-
ferent ones including Mr.
Leamon and his guard.
    The prime reason why a
thing like this would happen
was that people were in need
of food and clothing. Some
who were on the hiring line
each morning asking and beg-
ging for a job were only eating
one meal a day. The members
of the family would stay in bed
most of the morning while the
bread winner went to look for
a job. When he returned they
all would gather at the noon
meal for their only meal of that
day. Sometimes it was only a
very small sandwich to each
member of the family. Coffee
or hot chocolate was an un-
known item on most anyone’s
daily menu.
    The Leamon factions were
housed up in the old Mount
Horeb school house. The build-
ing being vacant and the school
had been consolidated with the
Bridgeport         Independent
School system. There were                                  Photo circa 1931 as Lake Bridgeport was being constructed.
                                                                                                                                    2007 Lake Edition … Page 5

First Lake Superintendent, C. L. McNair,
tells of flood that caused lake’s creation
    (Note: C.L. NcNair, the first   Mr. K. Roby, Engineers, gave
Superintendent of Lake              their time in promoting the
Bridgeport, drafted a history       flood control project, being
of the lake while in office. This   assisted by the State Board of
is a verbatim copy of the docu-     Water Engineers.
ment.)                                  Through the publicity
    The flood that occurred in      given, Mr. Eugene Munn, of
May 1922, causing a property        Boyd and Mr. S.F. Lillard of
damage to Fort Worth of ap-         Bridgeport became interested
proximately $3 million dollars,     at about the same time, and
not including private losses        called on the local association
and thirty-seven deaths, was an     at Fort Worth and requested an
event that caused the creation      inspection trip in Wise County.
of flood control on the West            Mr. Munn was interested in
Fork of the Trinity River.          reclaiming overflow lands near
    Mr. Ireland Hampton, man-       Boyd. Mr. Lillard, knowing the
ager of the Fort Worth Cham-        topography of the river region
ber of Commerce in 1922 and         west of Bridgeport, which af-
1924, promoted the political        forded an ideal basin for a great
setup which brought about the       water storage reservoir, discov-
creation of the Water Improve-      ered a place which he thought
ment District.                      would be a good location for a
    Major John B. Hawley and                 continued on page 60 This is Trinity River’s spillway during a flood in June , 1930.            Photo by C.L. McNair




This photo shows the water side of the dam. The construction company would finely grade the rock, cover it with 6” crushed stone, and then top
it with 15” “riprap”.                                                                                                    Photo by C.L. McNair
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Boater education classes can save lives, reduce insurance
by J.D. Clark                            The Texas Parks and Wild-           Parents attending with their    that “almost none have had a      The civic center is located at
    As spring and summer ap-         life Department and the United      children will not be charged the    safe boating course.”             51 Runaway Bay Drive, just
proach, more and more boat-          States Coast Guard Auxiliary        fee unless they desire the cer-        “The classes last year were    off Highway 380.
ers will begin to enjoy Lake         are teaming up to sponsor           tification.                         very small in number,” Pugsley       Reservations are required
Bridgeport. As water traffic         monthly boater education                Each class includes presen-     said, “but we’re going to try     because classes are limited to
increases, it is important that      classes in Wise County. Each        tations on safety, laws, required   again and try to save some        20 students. Those registered
everyone be familiar with            class is a day long, but only one   equipment, navigation rules,        lives.”                           to take the class should bring
boater education.                    class is needed to obtain certi-    operation tips, and understand-        These classes will be held     their social security numbers
    Texas law requires anyone        fication. Each seven-hour           ing the craft.                      at the Runaway Bay Civic          for issuance of the certificates.
between the ages of 13 and 18        class meets from 9:00 a.m. to           Pugsley said the classes are    Center on March 17, April 21,        To register or obtain further
to have state certification to op-   5:00 p.m. and costs $15.00 per      important because studies of        May 19, July 21, and August       information, contact Pugsley at
erate a powered boat, which in-      certification.                      boating accidents have shown        18, all of which are Saturdays.   940-433-8132.
cludes personal water craft (jet
skis, Seadoos, etc.). However,
it is a good idea for watercraft
operators of all ages to have
this certification to help keep
                                                                  FACTS about Lake Bridgeport-
the lake safe.                           • 3 miles wide • 8 miles long • maximum depth of 85 feet • average depth of 29 feet •
    “We’re finding that a lot of
boaters are lacking an under-
                                         70 miles of shoreline • 12,900 surface acres at conservation pool level • 836 feet
standing of the safety opera-            above sea level • 851 feet maximum flood elevation • 844.53 feet highest level in May,
tions of their vessels,” said in-        1990; second highest level was 839.57 feet in 1989; third highest was 838.84 feet in
structor Neil Pugsley. “This             1982 • lowest level was 779.8 feet in 1956; second lowest level was 784.0 feet in
isn’t just a child’s class. It
saves lives.”                            1957; third lowest was 787.0 feet in 1954 • 386,539 acre feet water conservation
    Additionally, many insur-            storage • 537,295 acre feet flood storage • 923,814 acre feet total capacity • dam
ance companies offer a 10 to             height is 137 feet • dam length is 1,800 feet • spillway maximum release is 47,092 cfs
20 percent discount to boat              (cubic feet per second) • watershed size is 1,111 square miles • lake elevation raised
owners who have completed a
boater education class.                  from 826 feet to 836 feet in 1972.
                                                                                                                                             2007 Lake Edition … Page 7

Wise County Park is a haven of outdoor recreation
by J.D. Clark                      camp sites with fire pits or       take a healthy stroll.             Texas Parks and Wildlife           around in the water. Some
    For years, Wise County         tables.                            According to Goode, the trail,     Department hosts a children’s      patrons of the park decide to
Park has been a popular                To those that visit Wise       which opened in 2006, is a         fishing tournament on the first    toss a fishing line into the non-
destination for people visiting    County Park frequently, its        little over one mile in length     Saturday in June at the park.      swimming areas and hope to
Lake Bridgeport, and for good      progress in recent years is        one way, meaning that, round           It is not unusual to witness   snag the next big catch.
reason.                            immediately noticeable.            trip, it’s over a two-mile walk.   a variety of activities taking        Ownership of Wise County
    The 180-acre park features     “Ever since I’ve been here,”           Rest stops are available       place at the park. On an           Park was turned over from the
24 RV (recreational vehicle)       Goode said, “we’ve tried to        along the trail.                   average day during the peak        Texas Parks and Wildlife
hookups and 34 campsites.          make the park more family-             Jones said the peak season     season, the parking lot is full    Department to Wise County in
    The RV hookups cost $20        friendly.”                         for Wise County Park begins        of trucks pulling empty boat       2002. Although Jones is
per day and may be reserved            In addition to the overnight   in May and “will build all the     trailers, and someone is usually   director of the park, it is
by contacting Park Director        spaces, the park features two      way through the summer.” He        unloading some type of             ultimately        under       the
Keith Jones at (940) 644-1910.     boat ramps, a small                also noted that the park begins    watercraft off the boat ramps      jurisdiction of Goode.
Campsites cost $5 per tent or      playground, a new vaulted          attracting “a lot of fisherman     at any given moment.                  Goode’s budget pays the
vehicle and, according to          concrete restroom facility, and    at the end of March.”                  Families can be seen           salary of Jones, and the
Jones, operate on a “first come,   three pavilions.                       Bass        clubs      hold    roasting hot dogs and erecting     camping fees go toward the
first serve” basis.                    One pavilion features          tournaments regularly, and the     tents, while swimmers splash       park’s maintenance.
    The only campsites not         running water, its own
available for overnight use are    bathroom, electricity, and an
the four in front of the           RV hook-up and can be rented
swimming area. These sites         for $50. The other two
are for day-use only.              pavilions, according to Goode,
    Because       of     recent    are “concrete slabs with a
improvements, there are now        roof” and can be rented for $20
fire rings and grills at every     each.
camp table.                            The swimming area is
    According to County            roped off and has large orange
Director of Public Works Tom       buoys for safety, and the old
Goode, those are not the only      bathrooms have been
places available for camping.      refurbished. There are also
Visitors of the park may           new tops on all of the older
“rough camp” in other              campsites.
locations, meaning that the            A walking trail is now
spots are not in designated        available for those wanting to




                                                         Lakefoto                                                                                Lakefoto by J. D. Clark
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Deep roots flourish at the old Mitchum/ Marlett place
by Jennifer Haney                  Marlett.                             the military would circle out in    the war, his grandfather was a      the old homestead.
    Flashing lights and boom-          Back then, the place was         the lake in landing craft, like     guard at the marine landing            He designed and built a
ing sounds of explosions are       called “the old Mitchum              the kind that landed in             craft base stationed on the lake.   home, much like the original
not things that are expected       place.” Marlett said there is a      Normandy, and then land on          One day his grandfather             two-story home that first sat on
now at Lake Bridgeport, ex-        slough misspelled as Meechum         the shores.                         dropped his gun on the con-         the Mitchum Place. Now he
cept on July 4, when Runaway       Slough, but it actually should          Once landed, the men             crete floor, causing it to fire,    and Carolyn invite their grand-
Bay hosts the fireworks dis-       read Mitchum Slough.                 would come stampeding out of        and shooting him in the shoul-      children to make their own
play. However, it was an event         Another confusion along          the boats and onto the land.        der. Six or seven days later, his   memories of Lake Bridgeport.
that happened regularly during     the way, according to Marlett        They made a large stone bulls-      grandfather Mitchum died.              Since the first house was
World War II, according to Dr.     was the name of the school that      eye target, on the hill where the      Marlett said he can remem-       built, some of the land has gone
Robert Marlett, who, along         used to sit on the old Mitchum       Methodist Camp is now, and          ber visiting his grandparent’s      into other hands, but the place
with his wife, Carolyn, cur-       place. He said there was a           used if for bombing practice.       place every summer. Even            where Robert and Carolyn’s
rently lives at the lake.          church named the Mount               It was an amazing sight to see      though he never lived in Wise       home sits is just as deeply
    Marlett has deep roots and     Horum Church, to the north of        when he was a young boy, said       County, except when he was an       rooted into his being as his his-
historical memories as the land    the Mitchum place. The school        Marlett.                            infant and lived in Chico, he       torical memories of the place.
he currently occupies is prop-     picked up the name Mount                He said during the time of       decided he wanted to retire on
erty that has passed from gen-     Horum School; however, the
eration to generation in his       name was really the Lyle
family. It was originally owned    School, according to the Lyle
by his great-grandfather, J.W.     sisters, who lived in the area for
Mitchum. The land has been in      a very long time.
his family’s possession since          Marlett said there is one of
before the lake was even built.    the Lyle sisters who is 103
Marlett is the fourth generation   years old, now living in Salado,
to own the land since the late     who remembers that the school
1800s.                             was called the Lyle School,
    Marlett said that when the     possibly because so many
lake was being built, his          Lyles went to school there.
grandfather Marlett stabled            Life came and went as usual
mules on his other grandfather     on the lake until World War II
Mitchum’s place. The mules         came around, and military ac-
were used to facilitate the con-   tivity moved into the area, tem-
struction of the lake dam. He      porarily using the body of wa-
said the construction of the       ter as a practice area for land-
lake helped many people dur-       ing maneuvers, drills, and other
ing the depression era whether     military actions.
it was laying rip-rap on the dam       “They carried wooden
or cutting trees in the bottoms.   rifles,” said Marlett.                                                                              Photo courtsey of Robert Marlett
    “A lot of people were glad         They dug fox holes where
to have the work during the        Marlett’s house is now. Marlett
depression period,” said           said he could remember how


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Surveyor’s journals from the 1930s and ‘40s provide
interesting glimspe into the past of Lake Bridgeport
                               by J.D. Clark                               Funk was sometimes very           the lake. However, on one area
                                   Sometimes, the most interesting     specific with his notes on the        he wrote, “Bean lost $2.00 here,”
                               historical accounts are buried in       weather. A good example is on         in a reference to George Bean, one
                               places that most people would           June 9, 1949, when he wrote that      of his crew men.
                               never think of.                         it was “moderately windy” from            In June of 1952, Funk was
                                   Take, for example, the              the south-southeast.                  doing work at the park at the
                               notebooks of Owen Funk. Funk                In that same year, Funk and his   Bridgeport Lake Beach, a public
                               was a Wise County surveyor who          crew battled high temperatures in     swimming and recreation area that
                               spent a great deal of time working      July. On July 19, Funk recorded       no longer exists. Funk’s diagrams
                               at Lake Bridgeport in the 1930s and     the temperature as “fair and hot”     indicate that the park included a
                               1940s.                                  at 102 degrees. The next day, it      dancefloor and restrooms.
                                   Funk’s notebooks are now the        was up to 104 degrees, and up to          In this section of his notebook,
                               property of Tommy Edwards               106 degrees on July 21. It            Funk noted that a boy with the last
                               Surveyors in Decatur.                   remained about the same (at 105       name of Hankins drowned at the
                                   Amidst his technical surveying      degrees) on July 22.                  park on June 15, 1952.
                               jargon, Funk peppered his notes             On July 25, Funk and his crew         There are also some interesting
                               with colorful comments on               began working at 5:50 a.m. when       observations on wildlife. On April
                               different events encountered during     the temperature was still at 95       1, 1931, Funk said a rattlesnake
                               his surveys. It often feels more like   degrees. The following day,           was killed after it bit a worker
                               a journal than a professional           however, they didn’t begin            named Bingham on the boot.
                               notebook.                               working until 6:00 p.m.               Funk, however, also noted there
                                   For example, on his entry from          It is evident that some of        was no flesh wound.
                               December 16, 1949, Funk noted           Funk’s notes were made simply             On June 21, 1951, Funk noted
                               that the weather was “cold as hell.”    because they interested him, not      that a rattlesnake was killed that
                                   The opposite can be found on        because they pertained to his         was 44 inches long and had ten
                               his August 17, 1956, entry when he      business.                             rattlers. On this same day, Funk
                               noted the weather was “fair and             For example, on October 12,       included a diagram where he
         Owen Funk             hotter than hell” at 108 degrees.       1944, Funk had drawn a map of                       continued on page 25


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Tips for recreational boating and safety
    It’s that time of year again -   wind and motion produces a           though, that spare fuel contain-     Human contamination or contaminate an area equivalent
the end of school, warmer            kind of “boater’s hypnosis.”         ers should not be filled while waste can stimulate algae to three football fields of wa-
weather and “fishing fever.”         Adding alcohol only intensi-         inside your boat.                 growth and deplete oxygen in ter surface.
It’s the time when everyone          fies this, slowing reaction                                            the water. It can be a signifi-          Garbage contamination
pulls their boats out of dry-        times. Sometimes, even a few         Get Educated                      cant source of life threatening lasts past our lifetimes. These
dock and head for the lakes.         beers are too many. If you have          You are legally responsible bacteria in the water and car- include plastics and containers.
With that in mind, we’d like to      been consuming too much al-          for the safety of those on your ries disease to swimmers. Use Plastic can also clog engines
remind our citizens about            cohol and fall overboard, you        boat and any damage that your the local onshore bathroom.               and propellers.
simple safety tips during wa-        may be confused and swim             boat causes to other boaters,        Engine contamination re-              Pollutants such as chemi-
ter sport activities. Tragically,    down instead of up.                  property and injuries due to sults when your boat leaks gas cals and cleansers can be de-
as more boats take to the wa-                                             damage. Just like driving a car, or oil. A single quart of oil can structive and toxic to fish.
ter, our drowning statistics rise.   Life Jackets                         if you don’t know and obey the
No matter how much experi-              Get and wear approved per-        rules, the fact that you didn’t
ence you have boating, please        sonal flotation devices that fit     know them is NOT a defense.
take a few minutes to read this.     well. Make sure that anyone in           There are rules for boating,
These precautions and preven-
tative measures may reduce
                                     your boat has one, most espe-
                                     cially for children. There are
                                                                          just as there are rules for driv-
                                                                          ing. These include right of
                                                                                                                   BOATING AND ALCOHOL
risks and may save your life.        different type vests and you         ways, yielding, overtaking,
    People who hunt and fish         should be aware of their differ-     meeting another boat, etc.           Over 1,000 people die in boating accidents every year. Nine
from a boat have one of the          ences.                               Boating safety is no accident.       out of ten of them drown. About half those deaths involve alco-
highest boat fatality rates.            Type 1 floats the best, but       To obtain sound knowledge,           hol. It's a fact, too, that 50 percent of men who drown have
More people die from falling         are bulky. However, it will turn     proficiency and confidence           their fly unzipped! Four hours of exposure to powerboat noise,
off or out of boats 16 feet and      most unconscious people face         which are the keys to safe boat-     vibration, sun, glare, wind and motion produces a kind of
smaller and ironically, most of      up in water. Type 1 is best for      ing, consider taking a boating       "boater's hypnosis." This effect may slow a person's reaction
the boats are anchored at the        open, rough or remote water.         safety course.                       time to that caused by alcohol consumption. Adding alcohol to
time.                                   Type II is yoke type and less                                          this sun exposure intensifies the effects.
    Be weather wise. Sudden          bulky. However, it will not turn         Let’s Remember to keep our
wind shifts, lightning and           some unconscious people face         Waters Clean                         Operating a vessel while intoxicated became a specific federal
choppy water all can mean a          up in water.                             It is a violation of federal     offense effective January 13, 1988. The final rule set standards
storm is brewing. Don’t be              Type III is a vest style. This    law to dump any of the follow-       for determining when an individual is intoxicated. If the blood
caught on the water in a storm.      type is popular among recre-         ing into lakes and rivers: plas-     alcohol content is .10 percent (.08 percent in some states) or
    Tell someone where you are       ational boaters, but it’s only       tic, garbage, glass, food, paper,    higher for operators of recreational vessels being used only for
going and how long you will          designed for calm water and a        metal and rags. The fines can        pleasure, violators are subject to a civil penalty not to exceed
be gone. Check your boat,            quick rescue. Wearers may            be up to $50,000 and impris-         $1,000 or criminal penalty not to exceed $5,000, one year im-
equipment, engine and fuel           have to tilt their heads back to     onment for up to five years.         prisonment or both.
before heading out on the wa-        avoid a facedown position.
ter.                                    Throwable devices are con-
    Keep your fishing gear           sidered Type IV, such as life
clean and well packed. Loose
fishhooks can cause a lot of
                                     rings and floating cushions.
                                     This type requires you to                 Specializing in Lake Bridgeport
pain and ruin your trip. In fact,
all items should be put away
                                     “hang-on”.
                                        Lastly, Type V are special                WATERFRONT PROPERTY
securely.                            use devices and are specifically
    Remember, when you over-         for white water rafting and
load, you are asking for             those types of activities. These                                        MILLIONS IN CLOSED SALES
trouble. Capsizing and falls         types are inflatable.
over-board account for 70 per-          Know what type you need                                              ON LAKE BRIDGEPORT
cent of boating fatalities.          and use it.                                                             A Top Producer for Century 21 in Wise County
    When you change seats on
a boat, stay low and near cen-           What should be on your                                                When you consider a home or homesite on one of the
ter line. Simple, but extremely      boat?                                                                   most beautiful lakes in north Texas, you want to know that
important.                               Life jackets, fire extinquish-                                      you are dealing with that Realtor® who has a personal
                                     er, whistle, bell or horn. Visual                                       knowledge of the area. I am that person. I have spent more
Alcohol and Boating                  distress signals such as orange
   Simply put, alcohol and           flags or flares. Even a mirror                                          than 40 years skiing, fishing and playing on the waters of
boating do not mix.                  is helpful in daylight. Flash-                                          Lake Bridgeport. I can help you find that special
   Over 1,000 people die in          lights, heavy line for pulling.                                         • Waterfront Lot • Waterfront Home • North Star Pointe Lot
boating accidents every year,        First-aid kit. Tool kit. Sun-                  Jane Kasner
and nine out of 10 drowned.          glasses and sunburn lotion.
About half of those deaths in-       Paddles are recommended
volved alcohol. It is no joke but    also. Extra clothing in case the                                                                            Come by or call
50 percent of the intoxicated        weather turns cooler or you do                                               Jane Kasner                  and let me tell you
men that drowned had their fly       fall overboard. Food and wa-                                                940-683-3080                   about properties
unzipped.                            ter is always a good idea to take
   It is proved that four hours      along.                                                                      940-575-1931                      available
in a boat with exposure to               You may also want to keep          Sue Ann Denton, Inc.                 940-393-2114
noise, vibration, sun glare,         a VHF radio. Spare fuel. Note,
                                                                                                                                              2007 Lake Edition … Page 11


Lake Bridgeport is now 76 years young
by J. D. Clark                     we know these days. On its              Hearing the gentle plop of      of America’s freedom. When         ter. Take someone with you,
    Lake Bridgeport has come       shores we now have multimil-        a fishing lure into the water is    it comes to Fourth of July par-    sit on the tailgate, and look at
a long way in the past 76 years.   lion dollar housing develop-        as good a way as any to begin       ties, Runaway Bay cannot be        the stars. Talk, think, and ap-
    By seeing all the current      ments, thriving communities,        to melt away troubles. It’s just    beat.                              preciate.
development and recreation on      and outstanding recreation.         a peaceful feeling sitting on the       Wise County Park provides          Lake Bridgeport is one of
the lake, it’s hard to imagine        That’s pretty impressive for     bank, knowing that the only         relief of another type by sim-     Wise County’s most valued
                                                                                                           ply being there. Whether you       assets and one of its most be-
                                                                                                           are needing a relaxing swim or     loved treasures. It is a glori-
                                                                                                           a place to camp and visit, it’s    ous oasis of entertainment and
                                                                                                           always ready. That is one place    beauty, and it is as important
                                                                                                           on this planet where you are al-   to today’s residents as it was
                                                                                                           most always guaranteed to hear     to those who built it in during
                                                                                                           someone laughing. Try driv-        the Great Depression.
                                                                                                           ing out there on a clear night         Lake Bridgeport, you’ve
                                                                                                           and park out close to the wa-      never looked better.




the lake’s humble beginnings.      a hole in the ground that started   thing you have to wait for is a
    The year was 1929, and like    out to be relief during the hard    tug on the end of your line.
the rest of the nation, Wise       times.                                 Think about gathering with
County was suffering from the          Actually, the lake still        your loved ones under the July
Great Depression.                  serves as relief for area resi-     sky to see fireworks bursting
    The Lake Bridgeport            dents, just in a different way.     over the water in a celebration
project was started in 1929 to     We no longer rely on the lake
give people in the area the op-    as relief from unemployment,
portunity for work as well as a    but we do use the lake as our
source of water for their crops.   relief from the stresses and
    The work that was provided     frustrations of everyday life.
was by no means easy. Take a
look at the levee on the south
                                       Think about it. Why have
                                   people, for years and years,
                                                                                                            Read
side of Highway 380 just be-       chosen to settle on the banks
fore crossing the bridge into
Runaway Bay. That was
                                   of the lake? People have main-
                                   tained their families’ home-
                                                                                                            Construction
mainly built by hand.              steads for years and can con-
    Teams of horses or mules       sider no-where else home.                                                              Michael Read
pulled the wagons that hauled      New settlers from the                                                            Bridgeport • 940-683-4226
in the rocks; these rocks were     Metroplex are frequently lured
then put in place by hand.         out of the busy, sprawling city
    During the construction,       life by the lake’s charms. Why
families of the workers would      do they choose to live here?
camp in tents at the site, and     Because it’s a way of life like
children would ride the bus to     no-where else.
school in Bridgeport.                                                          Free Estimates
    Having all the people living
in the construction area also
gave farmers a chance to sell
their produce, which included
                                                                               Paving & Road Construction
                                                                                                                                                CNH
cantaloupes, eggs, and butter.
    The construction continued                                                       J. P. Carpenter, Owner                                    PAVING
until the lake was finally com-                                                             Bridgeport
pleted in December 1931.
                                                                                          940-683-2841
                                                                                                                                              COMPANY
    It’s hard to picture that
scene at the Lake Bridgeport
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Bridgeport Conference Center
by J.D. Clark                     provements, growth, and reno-       groups can be accomodated at    Gonzales expects there to be     munity for parties and “all
    The Bridgeport Conference     vation at the camp. Notable         one time, and food service is   approximately 2,300 campers      types of events.”
Center (BCC) on FM 2952 oc-       improvements in recent years        available to those using the    to attend camp over the course      For more information at the
cupies a prime spot on Lake       include the new water mains,        camp.                           of the summer.                   BCC or to rent spaces, contact
Bridgeport. The conference        a new swimming pool, a mas-            Camp sessions begin on           The facilities can also be   Gonzales at 940-683-2555.
center is part of the camping     sive ropes course, and the          May 29 and end on August 18.    rented by members of the com-
and retreat ministry of the       Lakeside Lodges, which ex-
North Texas Conference of the     panded the camp’s bed space
United Methodist Church.          by approximately 50 places.
    The camp was developed            According to Gonzales, a
when the North Texas Annual       new playground will be added
Methodist Conference ac-          this spring.
cepted a gift of 142 acres of         There are several impres-
land from the citizens of         sive buildings available for use
Bridgeport in 1947. After that,   at the BCC.
a massive capital funds cam-          The Kiker Building, com-
paign began, and monetary         plete with cooking, dining, and
gifts flowed in from across       conference facilities, was once
North Texas, ultimately result-   the main building in the camp
ing in the BCC. The camp of-      until Martin Hall was built in
ficially opened on August 16,     1964. Martin Hall is a large
1949, with 128 intermediates      building that can seat 250 for
and adult counselors in atten-    meals and other large group
dance.                            meetings. Its large rear win-
    Gabriel Gonzales is now the   dows look out over a large
director of the center after      wooden cross and outdoor am-
coming to the facility in Feb-    phitheater, with a lake back-
ruary, 2006.                      ground.
    Lance Hicks, the executive        Folsom Center is located at
director of the camp, has been    the edge of the lake and pro-
with the BCC since 1973. He       vides wide, beautiful views of
began working with mainte-        Lake Bridgeport. The center
nance as well as building and     contains a fireplace pit, a bal-
grounds crews, but in 1977, he    cony, a downstairs seating          Chico High School graduates Steven Gassiot (left) and Jordan Karch face the chal-
was asked to take the position    area, and kitchen facilities. It    lenges that the BCC’s ropes course poses.                        Lakefoto by J.D. Clark
of manager, a position he held    is considered to be an ideal spot
until he was promoted to ex-      for meetings and retreats. Ad-

                                                                             BRIDGEPORT CAMP &
ecutive director.                 ditionally, the pool facility is
    Verdie Owens was recently     located next to Folsom.
hired as the camp’s director of       There are 270 overnight

                                                                             CONFERENCE CENTER
food services.                    spaces available at the camp.
    During its peak season, the   The cabins available at the
camp employs approximately        camp are Lakeside Lodges,
35 people.                        Hilltop Doubles, and Hilltop
    Each decade has seen im-      Dorms. Up to five different                             United Methodist Church
                                                                                           A NON-PROFIT RETREAT CENTER




                                                                                                                   (940)683-2555
                                                                                                               Fax (940)683-3085

                                                                                                      www.bridgeportcamp.com

The entrance to the Bridgeport Conference Center (BCC)
is located on FM 2952, alongside Lake Bridgeport. It is a
                                                                                            P.O. BOX 215, 3280 FM 2952
popular site for church retreats as well as meetings and                                      BRIDGEPORT, TX 76426
other gatherings.                         Lakefoto by J.D. Clark
                                                                                                                                               2007 Lake Edition … Page 17




Devil’s Den taken after significant amounts of rain in June 2004.                                                                                 Photo by Shelley Moore



Legends abound about Devil’s Den treasure
by Rosemary Bridwell
    For rugged beauty and           high cliffs that drop straight     the year. The water, ice cold       dian raid before the end of the     his home in Devil’s Den in the
promise of adventure, Devil’s       down.                              in summer and warm in win-          Civil War.                          old days may have stashed
Den has a reputation that               According to legend,           ter, was one of the benefits the       A rock found near the lake       away another treasure in gold
reaches over a hundred years        Devil’s Den has been the hid-      location offered as a camp-         in 1937 by Trammell and his         coins in one of the canyon’s
into the past.                      ing place of army deserters and    ground for Indians.                 brothers is marked with strange     many caves.
    The nearly mile-long can-       notorious outlaws, and a camp-         Slick limestone deposits        carvings that Trammell still           According to legend, the
yon has drawn rattlesnake           ground for various Indian          glaze the spring bed.               believes point the way to the       old hermit kept a herd of sheep
hunters, history buffs, the hard    tribes. That was in the day            Chief Jim Ned, Wise             location of the gold treasure, if   and never left the canyon. A
and the curious to lake Bridge-     when natural caves abounded        County’s most famous Indian,        somebody could interpret the        Chico doctor, who went
port the way the Lorelei is said    in the high rock cliffs of the     is said to have lived in Devil’s    signs. The figure $80,000 was       through the Den on his way to
to draw sailors to their destruc-   canyon.                            den and gone on raiding par-        carved into one corner of the       Wizard Wells, carried supplies
tion.                                   In recent years, rock slides   ties from there. Trammell be-       rock that has since been bro-       to the hermit and treated him
    Devil’s Den, now a part of      have covered the entrance to       lieves the chief was buried         ken off. The remainder of the       when he was sick.
the Sid Richardson Scout            the caves, and even longtime       there and later removed to an       rock may still be seen at the          The hermit would disappear
Ranch, is on the west side of       Devil’s Den explorer Bennie        Oklahoma burial ground.             general store at the Scout          into one of the caves and would
Lake Bridgeport.                    Trammell of Bridgeport can no          Stories have persisted over     Ranch.                              return with the doctor’s pay in
    Located on a former section     longer find his way into any of    the years that Devil’s Den is the      Trammell says as far as he       gold coins. Speculation was
of the Ashe Ranch, Devil’s Den      the caves he knew so well.         site of Wise County’s largest       knows, the treasure has never       that the old man was hiding out
was caused by a geological              The spring that fed a stream   buried treasure. Legend has it      been found.                         from the law and that the gold
fault where rocks have fallen       running most of the length of      that $200,000 in gold coins            A hermit said to have made       was from a hold-up.
off through the years and left      the canyon still runs most of      was buried there during an In-
Page 18… 2007 Lake Edition

Wise Eyes provides neighborhood watch around lake
by Jennifer Haney                   all kinds of information when        mation goes to participants       field worker, pilot, utility com-   in an existing group should
    For the people who live         law enforcement officials need       such as neighborhood groups,      pany, rock truck driver or          contact Sergeant Debbie
around the lake, and are con-       assistance from citizens. Those      businesses, and other individu-   postal carrier.”                    Denney at the Wise County
cerned about safety in their        situations may include burglar-      als who are registered with the       Training is available for       Sheriff’s Department at (940)
neighborhoods, there is a pro-      ies, thefts, scams, drug inves-      program.                          neighborhood groups and busi-       627-5971 e-mail the Wise
gram called " Wise Eyes."           tigations, other criminal activ-         “Wise County is growing at    nesses. Anyone wanting to start     County Sheriff’s Office at
    “When the citizens of Wise      ity and any other public safety      an astronomical pace, which       a new group, or get involved        crimeprev@sheriff.co.wise.tx.us.
County need assistance, they        issues.                              calls for all of us to band to-
call on the Sheriff’s Office, and       To assist citizens better help   gether and fight crime,” said
when the Sheriff ’s Office          law enforcement officers, the        Walker. “With your help, and
needs assistance, we call on the    Sheriff’s Department provides        by joining the Wise Eyes
citizens,” said Sheriff David       training to participants on how      program, you will ensure
Walker.                             to start and maintain a crime        criminals will not only have to
    Wise Eyes is a crime-watch      watch network, how to recog-         watch out for Sheriff’s depu-
program that began in Wise          nize a drug lab and other nar-       ties, they will also have to
County in 1993, and was             cotics, how to prevent burglar-      watch for every citizen, oil
started by former Wise County       ies and have home safety, and
Sheriff Phil Ryan. The found-       how to identify and report sus-
ing sponsor for the program is      picious activities, according to
Devon Energy.                       the Wise Eyes brochure.
    Initially, the program began        When there is a need, law
to help law enforcement offic-      enforcement officers can enlist
ers with child abduction cases,     the help of citizens. Wise Eyes
and was meant to help get im-       is designed to get the informa-
portant information out imme-       tion to the public and those
diately, since the first three      who can assist with passing the
hours when a child is missing       information along to others
are the most critical.              who need to be aware of the
    Since then, the program has     situation as soon as possible by
expanded a great deal to cover      using e-mail or fax. That infor-
                                                                                                                                                                   Lakefoto




                       Flooring Etc.
                                                                                                         2007 Lake Edition … Page 19


Spectacular fireworks
by Jennifer Haney                    be sponsored by the City of      formation came about after or-
   Each summer, the night sky        Runaway Bay and the Greater      ganizations in Runaway Bay
over the lake is lit up by a spec-   Runaway Bay Alliance. The        consolidated. The Runaway
tacular sight—the annual Run-        Alliance handles the planning,   Bay Chamber of Commerce,
away Bay fireworks show.             and the fundraising to pay for   the Home and Property Asso-
This year’s pyrotechnic spec-        the expensive explosive activ-   ciation, and other organizations
tacular is scheduled for Satur-      ity held that night.             in the area merged to form one
day, June 30, and will be the            The Greater Runaway Bay      powerhouse organization.
grand finale of the Fourth Fest.     Alliance is a newly formed or-       The Alliance will take re-
   The annual Fourth Fest will       ganization in Runaway Bay. Its             continued on page 51




                                                                        Lakefotos by Jo Gilbreath           Lakefoto by Jo Gilbreath
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“Off 380 Players” continue to “wow” Wise County
by Joann Pritchard                  anyone interested in any aspect     performances the crew has to        only creative people join the-
    After seven lean years la-      of theatre production. Experi-      watch and listen closely and be     atre groups requires definition:
boring to bring live theatre to     ence within the group varies        ready to bring lights up and        Baker says that "Everyone is
Wise County audiences, the          from professional to strictly       down and execute sound ef-          creative -- community theatre         Life improves
Off 380 Players have been           amateur. Stan Baker of Chico,       fects at the exact moment they      helps people find their creative
elated by response to their first   president, promises to find a       are needed. The crew has to be      niche."                               dramatically
musical, "Radio Gals," pre-         job (non-paid, that is) for any-    prepared to improvise in case           As for theatre requiring too       when you’re
sented in February; and by the      one interested in participating.    an actor forgets a line or          much time, Baker stresses that
prospect of a permanent home        Contact him at slrb99@yahoo         changes the script.                 "We want you to be involved           involved with
at the Bridgeport Stage.            .com.                                   A Backstage Crew moves          as much as you have time for -         the Off 380
    Productions have been               Charlotte Keefe, past presi-    furniture and props between         - a tiny bit or a whole lot!" Only
staged at various locations         dent of the group, has listed       scenes; pulls curtains, helps       outgoing, gregarious people              Players.
about the county, but when the      talents and skills pertaining to    actors with costumes, etc.          get involved in the theatre? Not
City of Bridgeport assumed          production.                             The Front of the House          so, Baker says. "People with
ownership of the former Fine            A Play Selection Commit-        takes care of the audience, sell-   every type of personality are            On stage,
Arts Theater on Halsell Street,
the Players contracted for a
                                    tee "reads lots and lots and lots
                                    of plays," then recommends
                                                                        ing tickets and handing out
                                                                        programs. Volunteers serve re-
                                                                                                            involved. We love diversity."
                                                                                                                Myth: You have to know
                                                                                                                                                   back stage,
six-months tenure.                  five plays for consideration by     freshments during intermis-         something about the theatre to         or out front,
    The Board of Directors
voted at their March meeting
                                    the board of directors, who
                                    pick three plays for production.
                                                                        sion.
                                                                            After the final performance,
                                                                                                            get involved. Fact: "Wrong --
                                                                                                            you can learn along with the
                                                                                                                                                 Off 380 Players
to add a musical to their com-          A Director plans staging,       it's time to strike the set. Ev-    rest of us!"                           welcome you
ing season, in addition to the      auditions actors, and then, of      erything is taken down, put             Credentials for Off 380             in bringing
usual three plays, and to offer     course, directs.                    away and the stage is cleaned.      Players can be found in pro-
a "Detour" production, not part         The director works with the     "The imaginary world that           grams dating back to "Every-           live theatre
of a season-ticket package. The     crew (the Off 380 Roadies)          took six weeks to create van-       body Loves Opal," the first pro-     to Wise County!
Detour is designed as a more        who build the sets, find the        ishes within a few hours,"          duction, staged in October of
thought-provoking selection,        props, etc.                         Keefe said. "Live theatre must      2000.
with discussion afterward.              People with carpenter skills    have actors, but as you can tell        There's plenty of expertise
    The Players will again of-      are welcomed when it comes          it must have the help, talent,      to help guide the floundering
fer their summer youth camp         time to build sets.                 skill, and willingness of many,     newcomer. And audiences
at Runaway Bay, culminating             "Most of the time the set       many people."                       have been pleased, if some-
in a children's performance         needs to be painted," Ms Keefe          Stan Baker lists facts de-      times surprised, by the talent
during that city's Independence     said. "If you can make big          bunking myths concerning the        and ability of neighbors they
Day celebration.                    strokes with a paintbrush, we       troupe.                             mistook for ordinary people.
    As of press time for this       can use you."                           It is a myth, he notes, that
publication, the 2007-2008              The Props Manager enlists       "only indi-
season of plays had not been        friends to find the props, stage    viduals
chosen, nor had season ticket       furniture, and anything needed      who can
prices been determined, with        to "dress" the stage. Costumes      act are in-                                                                 Stan Baker,
changes necessary for the ad-       have to be found or made, and       volved in                                                                    president
dition of the more-expensive        during performances, help is        Off 380."                                                                 Charlotte Keefe,
musical. This information will      needed with the actors'             Acting
be posted on the website            makeup.                             ability is                                                                 past president
www.off380players.net; and a            Once the set is constructed     not neces-                                                                Marty Sherman,
"Cattle Call" will go out for       and the actors know where           sary nor re-
actors and crew.                    they are supposed to be at all      quired.                                                                      secretary
    Membership in the non-          times, the Light and Sound              T h e                                                                  Char Setters,
profit theatre group is open to     Crew starts to work. During         myth that
                                                                                                                                                     treasurer

                                                                                                                                                   Vice Presidents:
                                                                                                                                                   Scott Johnson,
                                                                                                                                                      production
                                                                                                                                                  Justin Prestidge,
                                                                                                                                                    development
                                                                                                                                                   Darla St. John,
                                                                                                                                                    play selection
                                                                                                                                                   Kalyn Flanagan,
                                                                                                                                                 house management
POWERFUL ELIXER - Federal Agent J.B. Abbott (Craig Wills) ques-
tions the content of the Horehound compound sold through Station                                                                                  For season of plays
WGAL in the Off 380 Players musical ‘Radio Gals.’ Defending the fam-                                                                                  see website
ily recipe is Hazel Hunt (Donna Sims) backed by the Hazelnuts: Gladys Craig Wills listens as Stan Baker tickles the
(Ruth Kimbrough), Rennabelle (Judi Conger), Azilee (Stan Baker), crowd in the Off 380 Players production “Ra-                                    www.off380players.org
and America (Carolyn Prestidge). Not pictured: Jerry St. John as Mable. dio Gals”. Wills, with Carol Reynolds, directs                                  or call
                                                  Lakefoto by Jo Gilbreath the musical comedy.    Lakefoto by Jo Gilbreath
                                                                                                                                                    940-575-4548
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Richard Ellis, superintendent and overseer
of the TRWD branch at Lake Bridgeport                                  Fort Worth. One acre foot–‘to        ber to use caution,” he warned.   giveaways will follow.
                                                                       put it into perspective,” Ellis         The TRWD also sponsors            Unlike previous years, there
                                                                       said–is 325,851 gallons of wa-       an annual clean-up day at the     will not be a special dumpster
                                                                       ter.                                 lake. This year’s event will      for household chemical dis-
                                                                           “Every year the amount of        take place on Saturday, April     posal.
                                                                       water sent to Fort Worth var-        21, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. A        To register or for more in-
                                                                       ies contingently upon de-            post-clean up party with a free   formation, contact the district’s
                                                                       mand,” he said.                      lunch, live entertainment and     Lake Bridgeport office at 940/
                                                                           In 2005, the district used all                                     683-2349.
                                                                       100 percent of their allotment,
                                                                       but usually each year, only 60
                                                                       to 80 percent is used.
                                                                           The reason the entire
                                                                       amount was dispersed was due
                                                                       to the previous year’s extended
                                                                       drought and growth in the lo-
                                                                       cal area.
                                                                           According to Ellis, the dis-
                                                                       trict also has several utility
                         Richard Ellis
                                                                       contracts with Wise County
by Audrie Palmer                       The district employs two        Power as well as with area
    The Tarrant Regional Water     full-time employees at each         sand and gravel companies in-
District (TRWD), whose main        reservoir to monitor the area all   cluding TXI, Hanson and Trin-
purpose is to monitor water        the time.                           ity at Big Sandy.
supply and flood control, has          Ellis lives across the street       For a few years, the Wise
four area reservoirs that it       from the district’s office and      County area has been under a
monitors closely, with Lake        considers the interaction be-       drought and because of the
Bridgeport being its third larg-   tween local homeowners to be        lack of rain, in March of 2006,
est.                               a benefit in his position.          the lake levels were down by
    Stretching across 10 North         “The best part of my job is     11 1/2 feet. In March of 2007,
Texas counties, the reservoirs     coming in contact with shore-       the lake levels were down by
in its area also include Rich-     line residents,” he said.           17.5 feet.
land Chambers, Cedar Creek             Lake Bridgeport covers 170          “You just need to remem-
and Eagle Mountain.                miles of shoreline and houses                                                                              Lakefoto by Francine West
    Formed in 1924, the TRWD       five marinas. Area communi-
serves more than 30 million        ties served include Bridgeport,
customers across the Metro-        Runaway Bay, Chico, Decatur,                         We care about you and making
plex, including the Fort Worth     and the town of Lake Bridge-
and Arlington areas and the        port. Residents throughout the                                your dreams come true!
Trinity River Authority of         county enjoy utilizing the lake
Texas.                             for recreational activities.
    The district also maintains        The cities of Decatur,
the 27 mile Fort Worth Flood-      Bridgeport, Runaway Bay,
way and makes water quality        along with the West Wise Spe-
its top priority.                  cial Utilities District and Wal-                                                                            We Care...
    Richard Ellis has served as    nut Creek–serving Springtown
the superintendent and over-       and areas in between, are the                                                                       We’re Professional
seer of the TRWD branch at         five major municipal custom-
Lake Bridgeport since 1995.        ers of the lake.                                                                                           & Personable
    “I just manage the reservoir       Engineers in Fort Worth
basically–operate and main-        manage and maintain the wa-
tain,” he said.                    ter levels of the lake. When the
    Growing up in the Reno/
Azle area, he joined the TRWD
                                   flood water is released, it is
                                   dispersed into Eagle Mountain
                                                                                                                                                  Tana
staff nearly 37 years ago when     Lake by way of the West Fork                                                                               940-627-5859
he needed a place to work.         of the Trinity River.
    Starting at the bottom as a        From there, floodwater runs
maintenance worker, he has         into Lake Worth, which is
worked hard to get to the posi-    owned by the city of Fort
tion he holds now.                 Worth and is also utilized by
    “It was a place to work. I     the area for drinking water.
didn’t necessarily go to school        Each calendar year, the dis-
for this; I just worked my way     trict can send approximately                                         www.tanahomes.com
up,” he said.                      78,000 acre feet of water to
                                                                                                                                             2007 Lake Edition … Page 23


Twin Hills Restaurant was a staple
on the lake that no longer exists build the restaurant, as there     was sold for the same price it       she said.                          front, too.
by Jennifer Haney
    Golden fried catfish, corn-   was no insurance on the build-     was sold for when the restau-            The most important aspect          At the time of the fire, re-
bread hush-puppies, beans, and    ing, a place where she dedi-       rant opened in 1978.                 of the restaurant for Bilby was    ports said no one was hurt in
green tomato relish were          cated her life.                        “We had a packed house,”         the cleanliness. She said with     the fire at the Twin Hills res-
staples at Twin Hills Restau-         “It gave me a sense of pur-    she said.                            a degree in home economics,        taurant. However, judging by
rant and Marina. However,         pose,” said Connie Bilby.              Bilby smiled as she remem-       she knew how important food        her sentiment, Connie Bilby
Connie Bilby made the restau-         Now, her memories are          bered some of the good times         safety was, not just to her but    was hurt. She said not to worry,
rant known for her homemade       gone, but when she spoke of        at the restaurant, but when she      to the customers, also.            though. She’s ready to move
desserts, especially the bread    them, she remembered her cus-      began to think and speak about           “I thought that was the most   on, and find something new in
pudding with rum sauce.           tomers’ memories also.             the fire, her face grew somber,      important thing,” she said.        her life. She’s ready to write the
    She served up her special-        “They got to be more than      and her heart visibly broke              She said when she began        next chapter of her life.
ties for 25 years in the Twin     just customers,” she said.         again.                               she started in the kitchen mak-        As far as the suspect who
Hills Restaurant and Marina,          Bilby said many people had         “I haven’t been back down        ing sure everything was            was thought to have started the
since 1981.                       their rehearsal dinners, birth-    there since the first week of the    cooked and served properly.        fire that burned the building
    Bilby will no longer serve    days, anniversaries, and other     fire,” she said, agreeing that the       By the last summer the res-    down, well, Cunningham said
those desserts, or catfish, or    special occasion dinners at        loss of the restaurant did break     taurant was open, Connie           they would pick him up just as
shrimp, or anything else for      Twin Hills. Plus, she said, she    her heart.                           Bilby had become a staple of       soon as they got all their infor-
that matter, because Twin Hills   saw many families raise their          She had spent a lifetime         Twin Hills Restaurant in the       mation together.
restaurant, a staple to Lake      children, and then those           collecting unique decorations
Bridgeport, burned down in        children’s children, throughout    for the restaurant.
December of 2006, and the act     the years.                             “I had a collection of bird
was believed to be arson.             When the lake was up,          nests,” she said.
    “We have a suspect,” said     boats and other water travellers       She said she felt the most
Wise County Fire Marshal          could actually dock their wa-      stand-out decoration of the res-
Paul Cunningham.                  tercraft at the base of the res-   taurant was the entry-way
    He said no one had been ar-   taurant, and go inside to dine.    where a canvas boat from up-
rested in February for the fire   Bilby served only beer, but        state New York had adorned
because the investigation was     customers were allowed to          the space. She had many inter-
still underway. Cunningham        bring their own wine and liquor    esting decorations in the res-
would not release the name of     in, but it couldn’t be served by   taurant that could not be re-
the suspect because he said it    the waitstaff.                     placed, such as a dried hornets
would jeopardize the case.            In 2003, Twin Hills cel-       nest.
    Bilby said she and her hus-   ebrated its 25th anniversary.          “I put anything in there that
band, Rollins, would not re-          According to Bilby, catfish    I thought would be of interest,”




                                                                                           Lakefoto
Page 24… 2007 Lake Edition

                  Five churches grace the shores of Lake Bridgeport
                 People living near the lake do not have to look far to find a church. Five churches in the lake area are readily available.
                                                            Lake Bridgeport Baptist Church
    Lake Bridgeport Baptist Church is located at 1301 North Main Street in the City of Lake Bridgeport and is the oldest place of worship in the lake area.
                                                         The church is led by Pastor Craig Rolin.
         Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m., and Sunday morning worship services are held at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday services are held at 7:00 p.m.
                                         For more information on the church and its activities, call (940) 683-5787.
                                                                            ~
                                                                 Whitestone Fellowship
          Whitestone Fellowship, also known as the First Baptist Church of Runaway Bay, is led by Dr. Gary Miller and was established in 1995.
                         Worship services are held on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. at The Club, which is located at 400 Half Moon Drive.
                    Worship care is also available for children on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the church’s center at 513 Port-O-Call Drive.

                                                                             ~
                                                           Runaway Bay Community Church
    Runaway Bay Community Church is an interdenominational church located at 20 Runaway Bay Drive. Craig Wills is the pastor of the church, which
                                                                  was founded in 1972.
    On Sundays, adult Bible study begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by a worship service at 9:30 a.m. A children’s service is held during the worship sevice.
                                          For more information on any of the church’s activities, call (940) 575-2512.
                                                                             ~
                                                                        Bay Chapel
      Bay Chapel is located at 2337 W. Highway 380, right beside Bay Landing. Joe Newton serves as the pastor of the interdenominational church.
      Bible study starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by a worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening services begin at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday prayer
                                                              services are held at 6:30 p.m.
                                                         To contact Bay Chapel, call (940) 683-3844.
                                                                             ~
                                                         Lake Bridgeport Community Church
       Lake Bridgeport Community Church is located at 1007 S. Main Street in the City of Lake Bridgeport. Reverend Charles Blackman leads the
                                                               nondenominational church.
                                                           Sunday Services are held at 10:30 a.m.




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Interesting glimpse in the the past ..........
continued from page 9               not work because he attended       noted that he purchased three   Lake Bridgeport. For example,         Many of these notes may
marked where he found a dead        a funeral in Dallas.               meals for $1.35, a seemingly    on September 13, 1943, he          sound trivial, but obviously
doe and fawn in Beans Creek.            On August 12 of that year,     unbelievable figure compared    recorded that the “top of the      Funk found them important
    On September 10, 1951,          he missed another day of work      to today’s restaurant costs.    water” was at 810.75 feet.         enough to be recorded in his
Funk wrote a long passage           because of a case of poison            On June 28, 1946, Funk          On April 12, 1944, he wrote    professional      notebooks.
concerning the sighting of          oak.                               recorded that he spent $0.50    that he measured the lake level    Today, they provide an
approximately 15 wild turkeys           A dust storm on November       sharpening his brush hook and   on the gauges at the dam,          interesting glimpse of what life
near the Green Elm crossing on      5, 1948, forced Funk and his       later spent $0.23 on a phone    which indicated the elevation      was like for a surveyor in the
the west fork of the Trinity        crew to stop working. Funk         call.                           to be 809.6 feet at 8:45 a.m. He   lake area more than 50 years
River. He then wrote, “Have         noted the wind was so strong           On multiple occasions,      also noted that the water was      ago.
seen many wild deer and             it could blow the transit over;    Funk noted the water level of   calm.
turkey in and near this area this   a transit is the instrument on a
summer.” Obviously, the             tripod used to measure angles.
frequent sightings of these             Funk also kept excellent
animals must have been              notes on his various financial
unusual or Funk would not           affairs.
have made such a detailed note          In 1949, Funk noted that
in his jounal.                      untrained helpers were paid at
    In this same entry, Funk        a rate of $0.75 an hour, while
wrote that “skunks are often        trained helpers were paid $1.02
seen and at times have to be        an hour.
driven away from work area.”            For surveying 4641 feet of
He also mentioned killing           line, Funk recorded that the
seven rattlesnakes (with “some      total cost of the survey
near bites”) and noted seeing       “including surveyor, car, etc.”
several large wild cat carcasses    was $198.68.
on fences.                              His cost for a survey was
    Funk became the subject of      $0.05 per mile. Today, the cost
his own notes when on August        is 44.5 cents per mile.
1, 1946, he recorded that he did        On June 27, 1946, Funk                                                                                                 Lakefoto
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The Club provides a relaxing place for local golfers
by J.D. Clark and Audrie            invite the public to play every      used golf balls, hand gloves      ing together can experience a      for guests during the weekend.
Palmer                              day that they are open.              and towels. There are also sev-   one-hour lesson for $75, a            “There is a nice steady flow
   The sun slowly creeps up             Nestled along the edge of        eral baseball caps with the       three-lesson series for $210, or   of customers,” said Kraus.
over the horizon, shining           Lake Bridgeport in Runaway           Runaway Bay logo for sale in      a five-lesson series for $300.        During the year, The Club
brightly along the green course     Bay, the course has 18 holes         the shop.                             Junior lessons cost $50 for    is home to many local golf
constructed just for avid           and covers approximately 150            And what about those that      one hour, $135 for a three-les-    tournaments for both corporate
golfers. The morning light          acres.                               are interested in taking up the   son series, and $200 for a five-   businesses and charity organi-
sparkles brightly off the nearby        “The thing that people like      sport but have no experience?     lesson series.                     zations and holds roughly 60
clear lake.                         about the Club is the bentgrass      Look no farther than to Kraus,        While the Club’s restaurant    tournaments annually.
   Slowly a golf cart pulls up      greens and the quality of the        a 14-year teaching veteran.       may not be open during the            The Pro Shop and Club golf
over the hill. The three men–       course. They like the quality           For individuals, a one-hour    weekdays, guests can purchase      course opens each day, Tues-
friends, neighbors and co-          of the golf course, the price and    session costs $60, while a        snacks in the Pro Shop.            day-Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 7
workers–step out of the vehicle     the customer service,” Kraus         three-lesson series costs $165    Drinks, including soft drinks,     p.m. and are closed on Mon-
and set up to take another          said.                                and a five-lesson series costs    water and coffee, candy and        days.
swing.                                  Summertime rates are $35         $250.                             even hot dogs are for sale.           For more information, con-
   Although they are the only       per person during the week,             Couples interested in learn-       The lounge area is also open   tact the Club at 940/ 575-2225.
three on the golf course at this    and $45 per person during the
early morning hour, the quiet-      weekends. Winter rates are
ness and serene tranquility take    slightly less expensive and are
on a new meaning as one man         $25 each for weekdays and $35
pulls back his club into the air    each for weekends.
to hit for the coveted hole-in-         All prices include a green
one.                                fee and cart usage. To play an
   The Club at Runaway Bay          additional 18 holes, the cost is
provides a quiet and relaxing       only $13 per person to cover
place for local golfers to enjoy.   the additional use of the cart.
   “It’s more laid back. We             Making a tee time reserva-
don’t have the hustle and bustle    tion is not necessary either, said
of the city,” said Michael          Kraus. This is just one other
Kraus, PGA golf professional        benefit of playing at the Club.
and the Club’s golf course              “It’s still possible to play
manager.                            without a tee time on any given
   The Club is seeking new          day,” he said.
memberships and is currently            And, guests that do not have
waiving the $750 initiation fee     their own golfing equipment
until March 31, 2007. Monthly       shouldn’t let that stop them
dues are $155 for a full golf       from participating in the Club’s                                                                                               Lakefoto
membership, $125 for a junior       golf course.
membership, and $100 for a              “Generally most people


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non-resident membership.            have their own equipment, but
   In addition to the Club,         Club rentals are also avail-
members also receive privi-         able,” said Kraus.
leges to the Grand Prairie              As for dress code, collared
Country Club and the Kings          shirts are required, and the
Creek Golf Club.                    course is a soft spike facility.
   While the Club does offer            The Pro Shop on the prop-
semi-private memberships to         erty provides guests with the
their guests, they are the only     opportunity to purchase polo
local golf course in the area to    short-sleeved shirts, new and




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                                                                             MEMBER
                                                                              NAHB
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Fire departments protect lake residents
by J.D. Clark                          The Lake Bridgeport Fire        recently participated in the        been active since 2002.            department’s treasurer.
    Recently, the importance of    Department currently has            “Every Fifteen Minutes”                Foy Mitchell serves as the          The Sand Flat department
fire departments in the lake       thirteen active firefighters.       program at Bridgeport High          chief, with Ken Carnley as the     traditionally holds a cookout
area was illustrated by such           Willie Garrett serves as the    School, which aims to curb          assistant chief. Haydn Cutler      fundraiser on the first Saturday
tragic events as the               department’s chief, and             drunk driving.                      serves as the president, and       of each July. Hamburgers and
condominium fire in Runaway        Tommy Johnson serves as                The Sand Flat Community          Gary Robbins is the vice           hot dogs are served, and a
Bay and the fiery destruction      assistant chief and training        Volunteer Fire Department has       president. Gene Faurot is the      silent auction is also held.
of the Twin Hills Restaurant.      officer and coordinator.
    Residents along the lake           Marcus Lambert is the
have three departments
(Runaway         Bay,
Bridgeport, and Sand Flat)
                          Lake
                                   president, with Lonnie Lovell
                                   as vice president. Amy
                                   Schexnayder           is      the
                                                                       Lake Bridgeport businesses
keeping watch over the area.
    The      Runaway       Bay
Volunteer Fire Department was
                                   department’s secretary, and
                                   Denae Johnson serves as
                                   treasurer.
                                                                       cater to boaters and campers
founded in 1969 by J.W.                Max Moore is the public         by Jennifer Haney                       Both stores offer deli food       Also like the others, the
Hadaway.                           relations officer, while Jason         Lake Bridgeport doesn’t          and delicious hamburgers and       marina on the north side of the
    Today, the department’s        Paradise serves as first captain    only have businesses that serve     fries, cooked while you wait,      lake offers a store and fuel for
chief is James Harrell, and the    and Gary Schexnayder serves         customers on dry land, but also     and alcoholic beverages.           your boat. Rent a pontoon boat,
assistant chief is Shaun Hale.     as second captain.                  serve customers by boat.                Another marina on the lake     fish or hire a local fishing
Leonard Bradford is the                According to Garrett, the          At least three different busi-   is North Side Marina and Re-       guide.
president, and Bill Hobbs          department recently took            nesses on Lake Bridgeport           sort. It is also a resort where       One way or another, you
serves as the vice president and   delivery of two new fire trucks     have marinas that offer many        you can rent a cottage or own      barely have to leave your boat
chaplain. Joni Hale is the         and were awarded a $58,000          services boaters can appreciate     a new log cabin. Boatslip rent-    to quench your thirst, or fill up
treasurer, and Dawn Hale is the    FEMA grant for more                 on a hot, busy day of fun in the    als are available for your boat,   your gas tank.
secretary.                         equipment.                          sun.                                like at the other marinas.
    The department currently           Although the department            In the Runaway Bay area,
has eleven active members.         does not currently have an          One Stop and Texaco provide
Recently, the department held      annual fundraiser, it is active     gasoline and a convenience           Jet Skiers, others require preservers
its annual bean and cornbread      in the Wise County Toy Run          store for refreshing drinks and        All people riding any kind of personal water craft, such as
supper, which is a traditional     and the Lake Bridgeport             snacks.                             wind surfs, aquaplanes, jet skis, or other similar crafts, must
fundraiser for the group.          Clean-up. The group also               One of the special qualities     wear a coast guard approved life preserver.
                                                                       of One Stop is the selection of        People of all ages, not just children under 12, riding these
                                                                       fresh choice meats available        water craft must wear the preserver.
                                                                       for you to cook, and some              Further, no one under 12 may operate a water craft unless
                                                                       come already cooked.                accompanied by someone over 16.




                                      Lakefoto by Jo Gilbreath




                                      Lakefoto by Jo Gilbreath
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Many Web sites offer more information
by Jennifer Haney                   life Web site has a link to Lake   www.texassportfishing.com.         lake, and other educational top-
   If you have a little time, and   Bridgeport and Wise County         At that Web site, you will find    ics about Lake Bridgeport.
you want to learn even more         Park at www.tpwd.state.tx.us.      a “Google” search engine that         To learn about the City of
about Lake Bridgeport, you          There you can learn official       searches just the sport fishing    Lake Bridgeport, log on to
can get online for information.     facts about the lake, and the      site. Enter “Lake Bridgeport,”     wwwcityoflakebridgeport.com.
   Many Web sites exist that        state park.                        and find out more.                    If all that isn’t enough in-
can link you to information             More information is to be          At www.co.wise.tx.us, you      formation for you about Lake
about Lake Bridgeport. The          learned about Bridgeport Con-      can learn more about Wise          Bridgeport, there are some ran-
following Web sites can lead        ference Center by logging on       County, which is where most        dom blogs out there; just
you to more information about       to www.bridgeportcamp.com.         of Lake Bridgeport is located.     search the Internet, and you
the topics in which you may             To learn about a visitor’s         To learn more about the Tar-   may come across them.
wish to learn, or just a place to   guide online, log on to            rant Regional Water District,         When you’re done reading
visit for the fun of it.            www.lake-bridgeport.com.           log on to www.trwd.com.            about the lake, it will still be
   The Lake Bridgeport Web              Fishing information can be     There you can find facts about     there waiting on you to get
site is within reach at             found by logging on to             lake levels, more history on the   your feet wet in its waters.
www.lakebridgeport.com. It’s
a place where you can find all
kinds of links to other informa-
tion about the area around the
lake. You can report people
who litter, find out about the
                                      District regulates wharves, docks
Sand Flat Volunteer Fire De-             The Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) requires a permit for anyone wishing to
partment, read unofficial Lake        construct a wharf or dock on their property on Lake Bridgeport.
Bridgeport news, find out                A permit is also required for people maintaining a boathouse on the lake. No enclosed
about Lake Bridgeport’s               boathouses are allowed on Lake Bridgeport.
Sportsman’s Association, and             The TRWD regulates any structure which floats on the water, or extends into or over
find many other links that            the water. The TRWD restricts structures only if they pose problems with navigation,
could be helpful, including a         people, property or materials used.
link to the Bridgeport Histori-          The TRWD also requires a special permit for commercial structures extending onto or
cal Society.                          into Lake Bridgeport.                                                                                  Lakefoto by Jo Gilbreath
   The Texas Parks and Wild-
                                                                                                                                             2007 Lake Edition … Page 29


The Unwritten Rules of the Waterway
    Proper manners is more         Keep comments about fellow
than just practicing good social   boaters to yourself.
graces like saying “please” and        Don’t board a boat with-
“thank you.” Manners tran-         out permission. You don’t en-
scend to the waters with a thing   ter someone’s home without an
called “boating etiquette.” It’s   invitation. The same goes for
a school of unwritten rules        boating — always ask permis-
about the ways of the water and    sion before boarding and wait
behaviors that every boater        to be escorted, even if you’re
seems to somehow learn and         invited aboard.
know. Fellow boaters are like          Play it safe. Always bring
house neighbors — they are         along the proper safety gear,
considerate of one another and     including life jackets and com-
follow similar “rules.” Good       munications equipment. Con-
boating manners make for bet-      sult local boating groups or the
ter experiences on the high        U.S. Coast Guard to determine
seas. Here are a few etiquette     the minimum safety gear you
tips that can help make your       need on board.
sailing smoother.                      Make good decisions. A
    Know the rules of the          good decision is a safe one.
“waterways.” The best way to       Don’t race other boats or attack
learn how to act on the water      a boat if it cuts you off. That
is to take a certified boating     means making safety the goal.
coarse. It will teach you safety   Remember — a safe decision
procedures and how to operate      includes not “drinking while
and handle a boat. Plus, you       driving” a boat.
can often get discounted boat          Be a good guest. Guests
insurance, not to mention keep     have certain responsibilities      EVEN IN BOATING, there is a school of etiquette that all boaters abide by.
your family and crew safer.        whether they are on board for
    Respect the environment.
                                                                                                                                   Lakephoto by J.D. Clark
                                   the day or a week. Overall,
Be kind to water, one of earth’s   guests need to be safe. So, it’s
most precious resources. That      best if crew members teach         move toward the exit. Such          for you. If there is no            the anchorage determines
means avoiding fuel spills and     guests safety procedures, any      actions can distract the captain    dockmaster or helper on hand       where you can swing the an-
not dumping garbage into the       duties expected of them and the    by rocking the boat as he is try-   to assist those docking and un-    chor. Don’t get too close to
water. Avoid grounding on ar-      “rules” of the boat (no smok-      ing to dock.                        docking, you may also want to      boats that are anchoring and if
eas like reefs.                    ing, no running, etc). Guests          Assist other boaters. Any       offer assistance to them.          anyone in the area thinks you
    Minimize noise pollution.      should be told not to touch any    boater will appreciate help if he       Anchor with care. Enter        are too close to them, move
Respect people’s right to pri-     gauges, buttons, radios or other   has broken down, run out of         the anchorage or mooring area      away. That way, you’ll avoid
vacy and quiet. Dock away          instruments meant for the crew.    gas or has engine trouble. As a     slowly. That way you won’t         getting your anchor lines
from other boaters if you have     Remind guests they should          fellow boater, call for help or     create waves that can disturb      tangled with another boater’s
barking dogs or rowdy children     wait until the boat has docked     lend a helping hand. You’d          someone who is trying to an-       and banging your boat into
on board, especially at night.     to gather personal items or        want someone to do the same         chor his boat. The first boat in   another’s.


       Sometimes a ‘good time’ can be
         anything but a good time -
                                                          DON’T
                                                         DRINK &
                                                         OPERATE
                                                         A BOAT                                                                              Lakefoto by Keith Bridwell
                                                                                                                                       2007 Lake Edition … Page 31

Texas Parks and Wildlife district’s                                                                                       Fishing on
fishery biologist Bruce Hysmith                                                                                         Lake Bridgeport
                                                                                                            People may fish anywhere on Lake Bridgeport except
                                                                                                         the upstream portion of the dam, near the spillway.
                                                                                                            The lake has several kinds of fish, including bass, crap-
                                                                                                         pie, channel cat, perch, and others. The Texas Department
                                                                                                         of Fish and Wildlife often restock the fishing supply.
                                                                                                            A fishing license is required for people 17 or older.




                                                                                                           GREATER
Inland Fisheries Division staff at the Lake Texoma Fisheries Station (left to right): Fish                  RUNAWAY BAY
                                                                                                              ALLIANCE
and Wildlife Technicians Todd Robinson and Corey Clouse; and Fisheries Biologists
John Moczygemba, and Bruce Hysmith.                                  Photo contributed
by Audrie Palmer and Bryce           size for studies.                  life Department.
Isbell                                   After obtaining his master’s       “Our mission is to protect       (Formerly The Chamber, Festival & Arts & HPO)
    Bruce Hysmith serves as          degree in fish and wildlife bi-    the resources of the state of
the area district’s fishery biolo-   ology, Hysmith went to work        Texas and to provide the very
gist out of Denison, Texas. The      first along the Texas coast with   best fishing possible,” said
Lake Texoma office serves            Coastal Fisheries before join-     Hysmith.
eight surrounding counties,          ing the Texas Parks and Wild-
some of these include Wise
County, Parker, Hunt, Collin,
and Cooke.
    The Lake Texoma office                 PRACTICE COURTESY WHEN FISHING
monitors the fish population in        Fishing is a popular pasttime in this country. Regardless of
the 12 reservoirs within their         the type of fish you’re seeking, it is important to employ
district.                              good stewardship in and around the country’s waterways.
    “Using this data, we deter-        Here are some pointers to keep in mind:
mine the need for stocking fish        • Control litter and practice a carry-out policy. Whatever
and implementing regula-               trash you’ve accumulated should be carried with you and
tions,” said Hysmith.                  placed in a proper trash receptacle, not thrown into the
    Hysmith said he is also re-        water.
sponsible for the investigations                                                                                       A Wonderful Place To
                                       • Know the rules and regulations of a specific body of wa-
of fish kills and assistance with
fishing derbies.
                                       ter. Certain restrictions may be placed on type of water-
                                       craft permitted, correct bait and fishing gear, and even the
                                                                                                                   Live and Play
    The Texas Parks and Wild-          sizes of the fish that can be removed from the water. To                  On Beautiful Lake Bridgeport –
life Department releases sur-          avoid hassles, follow these rules and inquire if you are                    Boating, Fishing, Golfing
veys on fish populations at a          unsure of them.                                                             Waterskiing, Wind Surfing
minimum of every four years.                               f
                                       • Keep out of “of limits” areas. These places have been
    “Any extenuating things            set aside for specific reasons, typically to preserve the wild-
that pop up, we conduct addi-          life and species of this particular body of water.                             ~ Visitor Information ~
tional surveys.”                       • Follow the correct procedures for cleaning your water-                     Norma Coble Civic Center
    Surveyors use a gill net,          craft after leaving the water. You don’t want to inadvert-                     51 Runaway Bay Drive
which is 125 feet tall and is          ently spread non-native species to another area that could
made of mesh webbing, and                                                                                           Runaway Bay, Texas 76426
                                       take over a habitat.
fish are caught in the different       • Be courteous around other boaters and fishermen.
                                                                                                                          940.575.4525
sized holes depending on their
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Seen here is one of the reproductions of six photographs that currently hang in the office of Lake Superintendent Richard Ellis. This photograph depicts the
construction of the Lake Bridgeport flood gates and were originally taken by the Freese and Nichols Engineering firm. The Fort Worth-based company was hired
by the Tarrant Regional Water District to construct the dam, and Ellis says that the 1920 blueprints of the dam were also done by the Freese and Nichols firm.

Lake Bridgeport’s beginnings:
Wise County excited for work, water
    In the 1920s, Wise County      ers around here could stick a     dozers came along and pushed      very few mesquite trees and the   produce to sell to the workers:
and the rest of the nation were    pipe in something like this and   them up there. These rocks        next poor soul might draw one     cantaloupes, eggs, and butter.
in the Great Depression, and       get some water.”                  were laid by wagon and team,      down in the heavy timbered        Bowlin remembers when farm-
Lake Bridgeport, still in the          The Lake Bridgeport           then by hand. The lake work       bottom land, and that was         ers couldn’t sell their eggs for
planning stages, generated ex-     project began in 1929. The        project was for farmers and       tough. You had to cut it, burn    a nickel a dozen or butter for
citement.                          levee on the south of Highway     ranchers who were on their last   it, and get rid of it.            ten cents a pound.
    Former Runaway Bay             380 before crossing the bridge    leg, and townspeople if they          “During the lake construc-       Lake Bridgeport, com-
Mayor Jim Bowlin, raised in        at Runaway Bay was built          had a wagon and team; no          tion, entire families would       pleted in December 1931, is
the Bay area, remembers when       largely by hand during the De-    trucks were allowed.”             camp out here in tents. Some      the northernmost and third-
the lake was a dream by the        pression. Rocks were hauled          The workers then cleared       of the youngsters would ride      largest reservoir in the Tarrant
Tarrant County Water Board         in by wagons and teams; mules     timber from the area between      the school bus to Bridgeport,”    County Water Control and Im-
and the U.S. Corps of Engi-        and horses pulled the wagons      the present Runaway Bay           he said.                          provement District.
neers to give the people of this   and got all the rocks in this     bridge on 380 and the Twin            Excitement was running
area some work and water for       area, Bowlin said.                Hills dam, some three miles       high because people couldn’t
their crops.                           “The whole idea,” he said,    away.                             imaging living next to and
    “People were just existing,”   “was to make work for the poor       “People would draw lots for    working on what was supposed
Bowlin said. “The prospect of      farmer, and they were all poor.   the area they were supposed to    to be the largest man-made
this lake created great excite-    This wasn’t a situation where     clear,” he said. “You might       lake in Texas at the time.
ment in that farmers and ranch-    trucks dumped rocks and bull-     draw a lot where there were           Farmers would bring their
Page 36… 2007 Lake Edition

Sid Richardson Scout Ranch offers wide array
of activities for visitors along with lodging
by Dorothy Clark, Keith            scouts and their leaders seven-     cannon and participate in reen-   partment of Public Safety he-      place was to visit. She said she
Bridwell and Jennifer Haney        day summer sessions from            actment skirmishes. Overnight     licopter and approximately 50      didn’t even know the place
   As many as 20,000 boy           early June through mid-July.        stays in a teepee village, in-    troopers from across the state     existed, and all three of her
scouts from across the United      Weekend camping is available        cluding learning about Indian     come to Lakeview Lodge, a          boys are Boy Scouts.
States and several foreign         year-round for boy scouts and       hunting weapons around a          Ranch facility, for water rescue      Cantero pointed out the
countries visit the 2,460-acre     cub scouts.                         council fire, are featured at     training.                          Scout Ranch is not just for
Sid Richardson Boy Scout               Basic outdoor skills are        Comanche Village.                     Lakeview Lodge has cot-        Scouts. Many people from the
Ranch on Lake Bridgeport dur-      taught for rank advancement            Orienteering groups use the    tages and dormitories available    community have visited the
ing the course of a year.          with younger scouts. Merit          Ranch for team competitions.      for rent by the public for meet-   ranch just to get away from
Equipped with scenic cliffs and    badge classes for all levels, in-   Orienteering involves people      ings, conferences, family re-      their families for a night, and
19 miles of raw shoreline, the     cluding Eagle Scouts, as well       finding their way with maps       unions, and other gatherings.      others have used the place to
ranch is a rugged backdrop of      as lifeguard classes are also       and compasses in wilderness           The new manager of the         spend a family-building week-
outdoor activities, in contrast    available.                          settings.                         lodge, Valerie Cantero, said she   end. She said it’s one of Wise
to the ugly scars modern               Boy scouts participate in a        Periodically, a Texas De-      didn’t know how great the          County’s best kept secrets.
progress can bring.                wide array of activities at the
   The Ranch is part of the        Ranch, including camping,
Boys Scouts of America’s           hiking, rock climbing, rappel-
Longhorn Council, with ap-         ling, mountain bike riding,
proximately 38,000 boy scouts      horseback riding, water skiing,
in its registry, which also has    tubing, wind surfing, sailing,
camps in Denton, Palo Pinto,       swimming, kayaking, canoe-
Lake Worth, and Waco.              ing, wake boarding, fishing,
   Located immediately west        horseshoes, and sand volley-
of Runaway Bay on land do-         ball. Planned activities con-
nated in 1968 by Fort Worth        tinue after dinner every night
oilman Sid Richardson, the         until lights out.
Boy Scout Ranch’s scenic               A special challenge course,
bluffs, rolling hills, rugged      C.O.P.E (Challenging Outdoor
shorelines, and open forests       Personal Experience), is de-
provide an ideal setting for       signed for boys and girls ages
camping, water sports, and         13 and above and is available       This pavilion is one of the little extras that can add to visitors’ experiences at the Sid
other outdoor activities.          for use by scouts, church           Richardson Boy Scout Ranch. Surrounded by woods of natural Texas timber on three
   The Ranch boasts the pres-      groups, businesses, and others      sides, and beautiful Lake Bridgeport on the other, the structure offers a place for camp-
ence of longhorn cattle, work-     who want to develop team-           ers to find a moment of solitude or a special gathering place. -Lakefoto by Jennifer Haney
ing oil and gas wells, an 1870’s   work, self-esteem, trust, deci-
U.S. Cavalry outpost, and the      sion-making, and leadership
rumor of buried gold at the
Devil’s Den hideout of famous
outlaw Sam Bass. A country
store, museum, saloon, and
                                   skills.
                                       An aquatic school for boys
                                   over 13 years of age is offered,
                                   and advanced water sports are
                                                                             Going out of town?
post office located on the pre-
mises are official Texas land-
                                   taught at the Steele Island
                                   Aquatics Base.
                                                                                Send your pet to the Moon!
marks relocated with their
original artifacts to their new
home on the Boy Scout Ranch.
   The posted Boy Scout
Ranger at the Ranch is Ronnie
                                       Captain Kidd’s Escape, a
                                   water amusement facility, fea-
                                   tures a water trampoline, wa-
                                   ter slide, canoe jousting, rope
                                   swings, and other activities.
                                                                            BlooMoon Pet Resort
                                                                           Boarding • Training • Full Service Grooming • Retail Shop
Robertson. Robertson cur-              Older boys can take day
rently resides at Sid              trips to Fort Richardson Out-
Richardson.                        post, where they can fire a stan-
   The Ranch offers boy            dard issue, authentic cavalry




                                                                                 940-644-2722
                                                                          www.bloomoonpetresort.com
                                   Lakephoto by Keith Bridwell
                                                                                                                                             2007 Lake Edition … Page 37


And now, a stringer full of raw facts
   Think you know everything       way to the mainland. Accord-         lands are teeming with wildlife    and bobcats are some of the       If you plan to boat and fish
there is to know about Lake        ing to Richard Ellis of the          other than fish. The skies are     other animals a lucky boater or   while at the lake, there are eight
Bridgeport? Well, here are         Tarrant Regional Water Dis-          heavy with ducks of various        camper may have the chance        marinas open to the public that
some well known, and not so        trict, you can still find rattle-    varieties, geese, pelicans, wa-    to see.                           are situated at various sites
well known, facts about Wise       snakes on Rattlesnake Island,        ter turkeys, and, on occasion,         If you are thinking about a   around the lake.
County’s most popular destina-     hence the name. “It’s my as-         a bald eagle. Wild turkeys have    camping trip to the lake, Wise       So you now have a run-
tion.                              sumption that they have been         made a strong comeback in the      County Park is the place to go.   down on the cold hard facts of
   According to the Tarrant        there awhile,” he said wryly.        area during the last decade as     The only campsite open to the     Lake Bridgeport. However, if
Regional Water District, Lake          Over the years, Lake             have many animals that had         public, it has 19 RV hookups      you require more information,
Bridgeport is twenty miles         Bridgeport has become one of         dwindled in numbers over the       with both 30 and 50 amps. For     you may look it up on the
long, with 170 miles of shore-     the finest fishing lakes in North    years. Raccoons and beaver, in     more information on Wise          Tarrant Regional Water District
                                                                        particular, heavily populate the   County Park, you may contact      website at http://www.trwd.
                                                                        area surrounding Lake Bridge-      Keith Jones at 940/644-1910.      com.
                                                                        port. Whitetail deer, coyotes,


                                                                           Four easy steps to filleting fish
                                                                                   There are more than one way to fillet a fish. Just ask any three fishermen!




                                                                          1. Grip the head of     2. Guiding your          3. To remove the           4. Remove the skin
                                                                          the fish firmly and     knife parallel to the    rib section, insert        from the fillet by
                                                                          cut down to the         side of the fish, cut    the blade close to         inserting your knife
                                                                          spine-but       not     along the spine to       the rib bones, then        at the tail and cut-
                                                                          through it.             the tail. Without        slice away that en-        ting the meat from
                                                                                                  cutting the side slab    tire section. Do this      the skin. Start your
                                                                                                  from the tail, flop      before removing            cut about 1/2 inch
                                                                                                  the slap away from       the skin.                  from the tail end of
                                                                                                  the head, as shown.                                 the skin. Turn the
                                                                                                                                                      fish over and repeat
                                                                                                                                                      the same procedure.




                                                         Lakefoto
line surrounding the lake. The     Texas. The lake is frequently
surface area, in acres, of the     stocked by the Tarrant Re-
reservoir is 12,900, covering      gional Water District with
land in both Wise and Jack         Florida Largemouth Bass, Hy-
Counties. Green Elm bridge in      brid Striped Bass, and Chan-
Jack County marks the west-        nel Catfish, Crappie, Yellow
ern boundary of the lake.          Catfish, Small Mouth Bass,
   Nine tributaries - Coal Bed     Sand Bass and Carp. Drum and
Creek, Willow Creek, Boon’s        Perch are also plentiful in the
Creek, Hunt Creek, Jasper          lake and do not require stock-
Creek, Bean’s Creek, West          ing. One of the reasons for ex-
Fork Trinity River, Big Creek,     cellent fishing on the lake is the
and Venchoner Creek, feed into     mild climate and temperatures
the reservoir. The large amount    of the water. The average tem-
of creeks and rivers in the area   perature of the water during the
was one of the reasons why the     winter is a relatively mild 40
area was chosen for the flood      degrees while 80 degrees is the
control dam.                       average summer temperature.
   There are also nine islands     The maximum depth of the
in Lake Bridgeport, with           lake is 85 feet and can be found
Rattlesnake Island and Strip-      at the north end of the dam.
ling Island linked by a cause-         The lake and surrounding                                                                                Lakefoto by Jo Gilbreath
Page 38… 2007 Lake Edition

Four island names continue to
remain mystery to residents
by Audrie Palmer                    ling Islands are linked to the   located on the island, workers
    Horse, steele, stripling and    main roadway by a causeway.      still continue to find rattle-
rattlesnake–these words may            “I have no idea how they      snakes around the land.
seem mismatched and jumbled         got their names,” said Richard       The naming of Horse Island
and may not mean much to            Ellis of the Tarrant Regional    has not been made known as
many, but for those living near     Water District.                  of yet, and the word “strip-
Lake Bridgeport, those words           He guesses that the islands   ling,” found in the Webster’s
take on a whole new meaning.        were probably named in the       Dictionary , means an adoles-
    While the lake has nine is-     1920s and 1930s while the lake   cent, youth or young one.
lands located on their property,    was being built.                     How the islands got their
the four largest and most well-        Rattlesnake Island probably   names continues to remain a
known ones are Rattlesnake Is-      got its name from its inhabit-   mystery to Lake Bridgeport
land, Stripling Island, Horse       ants, according to Ellis.        and its residents.
Island and Steele Island.              While gas and oil wells are
    Both Rattlesnake and Strip-
                                                                                                                                              Lakefoto

Fishing and Boating
                                    • rod holders
                                    • waders and wading accesso-
                                    ries
                                    • fishing kites
                                    • pushpoles and holders
                                    • scales and measurement de-
                                    vices
                                    • cast, landing and nets
                                    • flashlight and lights
                                    • line winders
                                    • reel covers
                                    • soaps and hand cleaners
                                    • downriggers
                                    • gaffs and tagsticks
                                    • maps and charts
                                    • rod belts and harnesses
                                    • sunscreen and skincare prod-
                                    ucts
WITH THE RIGHT SUP-                 BOATING:
PLIES, you can dive right           • anchors, docks and mooring
into recreational boating           accessories
and fishing fun.                    • charts and navigational aids
                                    • batteries and chargers
    Boating or catching some        • cleaning and maintenance
fish for the first time with fam-   products
ily, friends or solo this season?   • engine parts and accessories
Don’t dive in uneducated. This      • jack plates and engine lifts
primer will tell you everything     • outriggers
you need to know to make a          • purification and filtration
splash:                             • environmental products
FISHING                             • ladders
• automobile accessories            • paddles and oars
• bags                              • rocket launchers
• carryalls                         • binoculars and visual aids
• bait containers                   • coolers
• chairs and seats                  • galley and grills
• fish storage bags and sealers     • marine hardware
• hook sharpeners                   • ropes, lines and cords
• insect repellent                  • personal flotation devices
• knives, sharpeners and acces-     • covers and canvas
sories                              • safety and lighting products
• markers and buoys                 • instruments and gauges
• rod carriers and storage          • pumps and accessories        Pictured above are Angela, Doris, and Robert Lee Ware III, taking a stroll under the
• tools and maintenance sup-        • seats and cushions           Runaway Bay Bridge in the early 1980’s during a major drought.
plies                               • carpets and flooring                                                           Photo contributed by Doris Ware
                                                                                                                                              2007 Lake Edition … Page 39




Fishing tips and recipes
by J.D. Clark                      are likely to be found any-         or 6-inch lizard, a 7-inch Texas
    One of Wise County’s fa-
vorite pasttimes is to spend a
                                   where: in front of the dam, near
                                   Rattlesnake Island in open wa-
                                                                       rigged worm, and crankbaits.
                                                                           In the summer, the TPWD
                                                                                                                                  HUSH PUPPIES
lazy, peaceful day fishing on      ter, and around submerged           suggests using jig and pig,                                From the Kitchen of:
Lake Bridgeport.                   gravel piles. For these loca-       spoons, Texas rigged worms,                                  Jo Ann Manning
    According to the Texas         tions, the TPWD recommends          and crankbaits.
Parks and Wildlife Depart-         baits such as surface lures,            In the fall, baits, spinners,                              Ingredients
ment, the most predominant         plastic shad, small spoons, jigs,   and jigs that mimic crawfish
fish in the lake are white and     and live minnows or shad.           should be used in the muddy                1 cup corn meal             powder
hybrid striped bass; crappie;         Hybrid striped bass are at-      and shallow water. The TPWD                1 cup flour                 2 eggs
channel catfish; largemouth        tracted to similar areas and        site on Lake Bridgeport says,              1/4 cup sugar               3 medium onions (fine
bass; smallmouth bass; and         baits. In the winter, hybrid bass   “Roll a spinner bait, bump a               Pinch of salt               cut)
sunfish.                           can be found feeding on shad        crankbait, or dabble a Texas               Large pinch garlic powder   Hot peppers
    In fact, the TPWD reports      and attracting the attention of     rigged worm over one of the                4 teaspoons baking          Beer
that the populations of the        many sea gulls.                     submerged gravel humps and
white and hybrid striped bass         The black bass found in          you better be holding to some-                                 Directions
and the crappie are “excellent,”   Lake Bridgeport include large-      thing solid.”                              Mix all the dry goods together. Then add eggs, on-
while the other four popula-       mouth, spotted, and small-              To visit the TPWD’s Lake               ions, peppers (to taste), and beer. Use enough beer
tions are “good.”                  mouth bass. The TPWD ad-            Bridgeport site, go to http://             to mold the dough on a teaspoon. Fry in deep fat until
    According to the TPWD,         vises that the fish can be caught   w w w. t p w d . s t a t e . t x . u s /   done.
“(w)hite bass fishing is best      “almost year round” but adds        fishboat/fish/recreational/
during the spring spawning         that spring and fall yield the      lakes/bridgeport/.
run.” During this time, main-      best results.                           For those readers who plan
lake points and inflowing             For trophy fish, try the         to catch the fish but aren’t sure                          TARTAR SAUCE
tributaries are good producers     months of February and              what to do with them, enjoy                          From the Kitchen of: Jennifer Haney
of crappie.                        March. Effective spring baits       these recipes from local resi-
    In the summer, white bass      include a Carolina Rig worm         dents to create a genuine fish                                 Ingredients
                                                                       fry meal.                                  Handful of mayonnaise       1 teaspoon chili powder
                                                                                                                  Pinch of garlic             3 teaspoons sweet relish
                       FRIED FISH                                                                                 Dash of salt
                    From the Kitchen of:                                                                                             Directions
                      Jo Ann Manning                                                                              Simply mix all the ingredients, using more or less to
                                                                                                                  suit personal tastes.
                        Ingredients
 Fish                        Beer
 Salt and pepper             Peanut Oil
 Corn meal
                          Directions
           Clean the fish and cut it into chunks. Soak
            the fish in beer, then drain. Salt and pepper
            the fish, and roll the chunks in corn meal.                                                                      at

                                                                                           Paul’s Marine
         Drop the fish into peanut oil at a temperature
    of at least 350 degrees. Take the fish out when it is
 a golden-brown and starts to float.


                       COLESLAW
                    From the Kitchen of:
                       Theo Wilson
                                                                                              Service
                         Ingredients
                                                                                            Complete Outboard Motor Repairs
  Mayonnaise                       Shredded carrots                                           • Machinist and welder on duty, Small jobs only
  Sugar                            Salt                                                  • Full service on outboard motors, All makes and models
  Shredded cabbage                 Pepper
                                                                                                     • Tune-ups •      Major overhauls
                         Directions
 Start with desired amount of mayonnaise and add
 sugar to reach desired consistency. Mix with shred-                      US Hwy 380 West • County Road 1111 • Decatur • 940-627-5880
 ded cabbage and a few shredded carrots to liking. Add
 salt, pepper, and other spices as needed.
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Volunteers clean up Lake Bridgeport every year in spring
by Jennifer Haney                    hazardous materials such as          “Crud Cruiser” would not be         wildlife that is sustained by the   ist for the children.
    As the signs of spring erupt     paint, motor oil and other           available for this year’s clean-    lake. He also stressed the im-          Clean-up kits were to be
around the lake, so draws near       chemicals that are not healthy       up day because it could not be      portant roles played by volun-      available for pick up on Friday,
the time for the annual Lake         for the lake. The vehicle was        scheduled to show up for that       teers.                              April 20, from 8:30 a.m. until
Bridgeport Clean-Up Day.             available from 10:30 a.m. un-        day. He said he began trying            The after-party for volun-      4:30 p.m. Those kits include
    This year, it was to be held     til 12:30 p.m.                       to get it scheduled through the     teers begins at 11:30 a.m. and      garbage bags, gloves, safety
Saturday, April 21 from 8:30             “They did quite a bit of         City of Fort Worth just after the   lasts until 1:30 p.m. Prizes for    vests, and t-shirts.
until 11:30 a.m. At various lo-      business that day,” said Ellis.      first of the year, but it was al-   the event were donated by lo-           The clean-up day is spon-
cations around the lake, indi-       “A lot of folks took advantage       ready unavailable.                  cal businesses, and volunteers      sored by TRWD. That office
viduals from the community           of that service. It’s good.”             “That ‘Crud Cruiser’ is a       are treated to food and enter-      is located at 1710 Farm Mar-
would join forces to clean up            It belongs to the city of Fort   popular service,” he said.          tainment every year.                ket Road 1658. For more in-
litter.                              Worth, and was on loan for the           Even without the Crud               Last year’s celebration con-    formation, or to register to vol-
    “Everything around the           beautification day. The “Crud        Cruiser Ellis said the clean-up     sisted of entertainment by Dino     unteer,       log     on       to
lake is connected to the water-      Cruiser” served on a first           day is very beneficial to the       “The One Man Band” Pirelli,         www.trwd.com, or call (940)
shed,” Lake Superintendent           come, first serve basis.             condition of the lake, and the      face painting and a balloon art-    683-2349.
Richard Ellis said, in a previ-          According to the numbers
ous interview. “That’s what          provided by the City of Fort
we’re trying to protect.”            Worth to Mark Olson of
    After everyone is finished       TRWD, 20 households partici-
cleaning up, the volunteers will     pated by disposing of chemi-
be guests at a party in their        cals in the “Crud Cruiser.”
honor. Volunteers will receive           Of those chemicals, 1,700
free t-shirts and lunch. The         pounds were latex paint, 500
party will include face paint-       pounds were oil based paint, 60
ing, a balloon artist, prizes and    pounds were flammable liq-
giveaways.                           uids, 100 pounds were flam-
    Ellis said in the past, people   mable loose packs, 75 pounds
have picked up trash on not just     were aerosol cans, five pounds
the shoreline, but also in sub-      were household batteries, 170
divisions and down access            pounds were pesticides, 200
roads.                               pounds were auto batteries,
    In 2005, more than 200 vol-      120 pounds were oil, 80
unteers showed up and col-           pounds were antifreeze and
lected approximately two tons        450 pounds were recycled
of trash and debris, according       products. No oil filters or fluo-
to Ellis.                            rescent light bulbs were col-
    “They pick up a lot of           lected, even though they were
trash,” Ellis said.                                                                                                                               Lakefoto by Francine West
                                     allowed.
    Last year, after all the gar-        “We just hope if they dump
bage was collected, it weighed       it here, they won’t dump it in
6.43 tons, and there were 266        the watershed,” said Ellis.             Commercial and Domestic                                                       Tanks Leased
registered participants in-              He explained that the main            Propane Delivery                                                               or Sold
volved in the clean-up around        objective was to keep all that                                                  Locally Owned
the lake.                            “stuff” out of the watershed.
    Last year was the second         He said he was very pleased                                                     and Operated
year in a row, the “Crud             with the results of last year’s
Cruiser” was at the lake so that     clean-up day.
people could dispose of their


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                                     Lakefoto by Francine West
                                                                                         US Highway 380 West, Bridgeport, Texas
                                                                                                                                       2007 Lake Edition … Page 41



Swimming safely
    One of the great things        pull you out as they retreat        cramps or sprains. Since swim-
about warm temperatures is the     from the shoreline, something       ming is a great exercise that
chance to head out on the wa-      you might not recognize until       works your whole body, make
ter. For those living in coastal   it’s too late.                      sure you stretch vigorously
regions, this means it’s time to   • Avoid swimming near piers.        before going into the water.
break out the beachwear and        Typically, some of the stron-       Cramping up on a treadmill is
head to the ocean. But even for    gest currents are closes to         one thing; doing it in the wa-
those who might be land-           piers. This can make swim-          ter is quite another, more dan-
locked, lakes and rivers can be    ming difficult for even the         gerous situation.
a great place to spend some        most accomplished athlete, let      • Don’t panic. Though dealing
quality time, too. As fun as the   alone a weekend novice.             with trouble in the water can
water can be on a hot day, it      • Always supervise children         be a frightening experience,
can also be equally dangerous.     when swimming. Especially           panicking will only make
Even with lifeguards on duty,      on busy holiday weekends,           things worse. Strong untertows
taking some extra precaution       make sure you keep a watch-         can make you feel very help-
before taking a plunge can help    ful eye on children when            less, but raising one arm up and
you avoid tragedy this season.     they’re swimming. Children as       remaining afloat while calling
• Learn to swim. Though this       well as adults can be pulled        for help is a good way to avoid
sounds like a no-brainer,          underwater in a split second.       tragedy.
knowing how to swim and how        Children’s voices also don’t        • Avoid boats and other water-
to stay afloat are two very dif-   carry as far, meaning their cries   craft. When in the ocean or a
ferent things. Especially when     for help might go unnoticed if      lake, you’re about as visible to
in the ocean, knowing how to       you’re not paying attention. If     someone driving a boat as a
swim is essential to your          you have a babysitter taking        squirrel is to you when driv-
safety. Getting caught in a vi-    your children to the water,         ing a car. And while you, un-
cious undertow can be life-        make sure the babysitter knows      like a squirrel, might be able
threatening, and simply know-      he or she is the adult and must     to yell at oncoming traffic, the
ing how to stay afloat won’t       keep his or her eyes on the kids    roar of a boat engine may eas-
matter much. If you’re taking      at all times.                       ily drown out your voice. Stay
children to the nearest summer     • Pay attention to markings.        several hundred feet away
hotspot, make them demon-          Buoys and rope barriers exist       from a boat at a minimum to
strate to you they can swim        for a reason. Oftentimes,           avoid serious injury. Also steer   East Bay Estates resident Paul Walsh holds a World War
before letting them loose in the   swimming beyond these can           clear of jet skis. Some jet ski    II-vintage explosive device which he found recently on an
lake, river or ocean. Most lo-     take you out of a lifeguard’s       drivers are daredevils or reck-    island cre-ated when the level of Lake Bridgeport dropped
cal recreation centers offer af-   peripheral vision, leaving you      less, and they may not notice      by more than 15 feet. As of Monday, he has still not de-
fordable classes at the onset of   all alone should an accident        you in the water as they speed     termined if the detonator is intact and operable.
the season, so even if you’re      occur. By staying within the        by.                                                                                Indexfoto
having doubts about your           boundaries, you’re making the
swimming abilities, this is a      beach safer for you and those
good route to take.                around you, since the life-
• Swim parallel to the shore.      guards won’t have to spend un-


                                                                                 Dos Chiles
Swimming perpendicular to          necessary time directing you to
the shoreline leaves open the      the proper swimming area.
possibility you’ll swim out too    • Stretch before you swim.
far and grow tired. Also, by       Much like going to the gym,


                                                                                 Grandes Cafe
swimming perpendicular             stretching before physical ac-
you’re allowing the currents to    tivity is a good way to avoid




                                                                                         3 Locations to serve you
                                                                                    1703 Chico Hwy                         425 W. Rock Island Ave.
                                                                                      Bridgeport                                    Boyd
                                                                                     940-683-6566                              940-433-3322
                                                                                                          1001 W. Wise St.
                                                                                                              Bowie
                                                                                                           940-872-4909

                                   Lakefoto by Shelley Moore
                                                                                                                                                                                       2007 Lake Edition … Page 43


Share fishing skills with your children Safety
   Too much Nintendo? Sum-          pensive.                            find it is the best money you                             When fishing with kids,
mer boredom? “Nothing to                All you need is some basic      ever spent.                                            keep it simple. Long casts are
do,” the typical remark com-
ing from your youngster in the
                                    fishing equipment, like a rod-
                                    and-reel combination which
                                                                           Then head for a pond,
                                                                        stream, lake, or other water
                                                                                                                               not necessary. Let the young-
                                                                                                                               ster do all the casting and reel-
                                                                                                                                                                                               Tips
summer?                             can be obtained at your local       source near your home where                            ing. Make it a fun learning ex-
   Take them fishing!               sporting goods outlet or bait       you know there are some fish                           perience with or without catch-
   Summer is a great time to        and tackle store. Add a bobber,     such as catfish or crappie.                            ing any fish.                                                   Be Weather Wise.
take a kid fishing and share an     some small hooks, split shot,                                                                                                                            Sudden wind shifts, light-
                                                                                                                                                                                         ning flashes and choppy wa-
outdoor activity that can be        and a can of worms. The whole                                                                                                                        ter all can be indicators that a
especially easy, fun, and inex-     bill won’t top $20, and you’ll                                                                                                                       storm is approaching. Be at-
                                                                                                                                                                                         tune to local weather and
                                                                                                                                                                                         keep a portable radio to regu-
                                                                                                                                                                                         larly check weather reports.
Safety Tips for Skiers                                                                                                                                                                          Bring extra gear
    For the number of partici-          • Keep a reasonable dis-                                                                                                                                 you may need.
                                                                                                                                                                                             Keep on board a flash-
pants in the nation, nearly 16      tance from fishermen, swim-                                                                                                                          light, extra batteries, matches,
million, water skiing is remark-    mers and other skiers when                                                                                                                           a map of where you are,
ably a safe sport considering       water skiing.                                                                                                                                        flares, sun tan lotion, first aid
the action.                             • Know the state and local                                                                                                                       kit and sunglasses. Put things
    The reason for this is the      laws regarding water skiing                                                                                                                          that need to be protected in a
observance by most boaters          and the extra safety items                                                                Lakefoto by Francine West                                  watertight pouch or a con-
and skiers to common-sense          which may be required in your                                                                                                                        tainer that floats.
rules of safety.                    boat.                                                                                                             940-683-3080
    It starts with having good          • The skier should always                                                                                       Hwy 380                              Use this handy checklist
communications between the          wear a USCG approved Type                                                                                          Bridgeport                        to verify that you have the
boat driver, the skier and the      III flotation jacket no matter                                                                                        •••                            proper safety equipment and
                                                                                                                                                      940-627-3080                       have checked your boat sys-
observer in the boat who’s          how well he can swim.                                                                                            1606 W Bus 380                      tems for operational safety.
watching the skier.                     • Never use alcoholic bev-                                                                                      Decatur                          (See your local United States
    Here are some additional        erages or drugs that may in-                                                                                          •••                            Coast Guard Auxiliary for
tips:                               duce sleepiness when skiing or                                                                                    817-638-5100                       more details of the safety fea-
    • Know the waters in which      boating.                                   Sue Ann Denton, Inc.                                                      Rhome
                                                                                                                                                                                         tures listed below.)
you’re skiing to avoid any              • Never ski double with dif-     Waterfront Lake Bridgeport- Spectacular 5 BR, 3 Ba, Tudor style home secluded on 95 acres w/                    Check:
shoals, stumps, posts that may      ferent rope lengths. If the skier    over 2000' shoreline on Lake Bridgeport. Casually elegant open concept living area welcomes you w/                 *Vessel Numbering
                                                                         breath taking views of Lake Bridgeport & surrounding country side. The property has its own Chapel,                *Life Jackets
be unseen just beneath the          on the long rope falls, the line     private boat dock, outdoor kitchen w/FP & patio. This property has too many amenities to list.
water’s surface.                    can entangle the skier on the        Waterfront Lake Bridgeport- Waterfront cabin on Lake Bridgeport located at North end of lake on                    *Fire Extinguishers
    • Never water ski at night      short rope.                          protected cove. Boat dock w/lift. House built in 2002 & has cabin feel & is very nice.                             *Navigation Lights
                                                                         Waterfront Lake Bridgeport- Wonderful weekend & vacation getaway on popular Lake Bridgeport.                       *Visual Distress Signals
or in a fog.                            • When landing, always           Amenities include wood floors, large kitchen wi/island-breakfast bar-table & great room for entertain-
                                                                         ing. The shop is 19x20, insulated, air conditioned & will double as a one car garage. Enjoy outdoor                *Fuel and Fuel System
    • Stay clear of solid objects   come in parallel to the shore.       entertaining on the 8x48 front porch or the 16x23 deck overlooking the lake.                                       *Anchor with Line
such as buoys, abutments, and       Your speed over the water is         Waterfront Lake Bridgeport- Hide away at your own Tuscan Villa. Beautiful lake home designed                       *Paddle or Oar
other boats and the like.           deceptive and the risk of injury     after those in Venice. 2 -1, large open-concept living -kitchen-dining area looking out over Lake Bridge-
                                                                         port. This property has all the amenities of an upscale home, including authentic stucco, 50 year                  *Manual Pump or Bailer
    • Know the ability of the       is greater when the skier comes      metal adobe tile roof, white oak floors, porcelain tile, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances &         *Electrical Installation
boat driver and go over the         directly onto the beach after        many more. This is a must see must have property!                                                                  *Galley Installation
                                                                         Waterfront Lake Bridgeport- Small lake cabin on 2 lots w/spectacular view of Lake Bridgeport.
hand signals you’ll be using to     he’s whipped away from the           Waterfront Runaway Bay- Lake home designed for entertaining both inside & outside. Family room
communicate before you get          towboat.                             has a WBFP & opens to the dining area & oversized kitchen w/sweeping view to the lake. There is a                       Tell someone:
on the water.                                                            private patio overlooking approximately 140 waterfront & your own dock. You also have a place for                   where you're going,
                                                                         your golf cart to enjoy the golf course plus a 30x30 finished out insulated shop w/bathroom for your
                                                                         work, hobbies, or entertaining as well!                                                                             who is with you and how
                                                                         Waterfront Runaway Bay- Wonderful lake home w/plenty of room for entertaining inside & outside.                 long you'll be away. Then get
                                                                         Located on man made island, very little traffic, lots of trees, large master suite, sunroom, RV parking         in the habit of checking your
                                                                         & nice dock w/electric lift. Easy access to golf course & airport.
                                                                         Waterfront Runaway Bay- New construction. When Lake Bridgeport is full, water is in cove behind                 boat, equipment, boat bal-
                                                                         house. Stucco exterior. Very nice trimmed out. Lg. master bath w/2 vanities, tub & large shower. Open           ance, engine and fuel supply
                                                                         kitchen, dining & living area. Separate formal dining room. Fireplace. Large utility.                           before leaving.
                                                                         Waterfront Lake Bridgeport- One of the best lots in the North Star Pointe Community. 1.112 acres
                                                                         w/over 180 ft of water front. Ideally suited facing due south so that any new home built will see the sun
                                                                         rise & set. Wonderful beach area. Private boat docks are allowed. Lots of trees & incredible privacy.             Ventilate after fueling.
                                                                         Waterfront Lake Bridgeport- Breath taking waterfront lot in exclusive North Star Pointe gated com-                  Open hatches, run blower
                                                                         munity. Over 1 acre w/beautiful views of the lake & Boy Scout Ranch. Lot has 234' of waterfront.                and most importantly, care-
                                                                         Community features a swimming pool, covered pavilion & boat launch. Private dock is permissible.
                                                                         Waterfront Lake Bridgeport- One of the best waterfront lots at North Star Pointe on Lake Bridge-                fully sniff for gasoline fumes
                                                                         port. Gentle slope to the water and level area to build over 200 ft of waterfront. Lots of trees. Beautiful     in the fuel and engine areas
                                                                         area on Lake Bridgeport. Restricted and gated entrance. Click on the media link for information about
                                                                         North Star Pointe & Lake Bridgeport. Copy of restrictions and plat in office.                                   before starting your engine.
                                                                         Waterfront Lake Bridgeport - This remarkable waterfront lot boasts 139' of waterfront and some of
                                                                         the best views on the North end of the lake at this price! You will appreciate the restrictions and                 Keep fishing and hunting
                                                                         amenities that this subdivision affords!
                                                                         Waterfront Lake Bridgeport - Waterfront in North Star Pointe. Lot is 1 acre & facing east. Private              gear clean and well-packed.
                                                                         boat docks allowed. Lots of trees & incredible privacy. Beautiful area on the lake.                             A loose fish hook can cause
                                                                         Waterfront Runaway Bay - 7 acres with waterfront and highway frontage. Could be subdivision for                 a lot of pain and ruin a great
                                                                         residential. Land is already zoned by city for town houses or duplexes.                                         outing. Bring an extra length
                                                                                                     It’s simple, we sell more!                                                          of line to secure boat or
                                                                                                                                                                                         equipment.
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                                    Lakefoto by Shelley Moore                                www.century 21.com
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Fishing guide Keith Bunch goes after the ‘big ones”
by Patricia Williams and Jen-       were fishing for Hybrids last       ing.”                             2005 are up to 17 inches in           Bunch has much informa-
nifer Haney                         year. Armed with that knowl-           He warned that fishers         length, according to Bunch.        tion about the fish in Lake
    Keith Bunch, owner of the       edge, stocking of Hybrids took      should be careful when fishing       He said first time boaters      Bridgeport.
Lake Bridgeport Guide Ser-          place in 2005, and may be con-      not to mistake the Hybrids for    should be very careful, and           To contact Keith Bunch of
vice, has been a licensed fish-     tinued in the future. One cure      the Sand Bass. There are cur-     keep an eye on their depth find-   the Lake Bridgeport Guide
ing guide on Lake Bridgeport        for the lake would be lots of       rently only two sizes of Hy-      ers as the lake can have many      Service, call 940-683-4858.
since 1995. His specialty is        rain, said TP&W biologists.         brids, small and large. The new   surprises with the water level
finding Hybrids and Sand Bass       “The rain would wash every-         Hybrids that were released in     being so low.
(and helping get them in the        thing into the lake,” said
boat) but he can also pull in the   Bunch.
Crappie and Catfish and any             “The fishing interest at
other species in the lake, in-      Lake Bridgeport will continue
cluding some of those monster       because we just had another
Carp. The largest Hybrid that       break-out of Golden Algae in
has been in Bunch’s boat so far     the Brazos River lakes,” said
weighed nine pounds, nine           Bunch. “It has done lots of
ounces. The unofficial lake         damage to the fish at Granbury,
record from the mid to late         Possum Kingdom and
1980’s was ten pounds, six          Whitney.”
ounces.                                 Bunch also said that Black
    He will fish anytime of the     Bass fishing is popular right
day or night. He said that fish-    now at Lake Bridgeport. Some
ing is good now even with the       anglers’ groups have been
lake level low.                     holding tournaments here since
    “Just be careful and watch      their own favorites have been
where you are going,” Bunch         hit with the outbreak.
said.                                   Bunch said in March there
    According to him, the           was a fishing tournament that
months of March through Sep-        produced a 10 pound black
tember produce the best (big-       bass catch. “That’s a big fish,”
gest) Hybrids at night at about     said Bunch.
30 feet.                                “Whatever we all can do to
    “Fish bite better as the        make the lake better is what I
weather gets hotter,” said          want,” said Bunch. “We all
Bunch.                              need to work together.” He also
    A Hybrid is actually a cross    pointed out that the lake is                                          Keith Bunch, fishing guide
between a female Striped Bass       starting to recover.
and a male White Bass, result-          Bunch’s boat is a 22 foot,
ing in a fish with characteris-     200 horse power, Center Con-
tics of both parents. Hybrids do    sole Blue Wave. “It will hold
not reproduce. They have been       three to five people comfort-
stocked by Texas Parks &            ably.” said Bunch.
Wildlife (TP&W.)                        Bunch’s boat is also
    TP&W did a creel survey at      equipped with depth finders
Lake Bridgeport in 2000 to          GPS (global positioning satel-
find out how many fishermen         lite), downriggers, and a live-
were actually going after Hy-       bait holding system.
brids. With only one positive           Not only do Bunch and
response, the decision was          sometimes his wife, Suzanne,
made to stop stocking Hybrids.      take people out fishing, but he
Biologists said there weren’t       has also taken groups out for
enough forage fish to support       lake orientation and bird
Hybrids, White, and Black           watching. He and his wife have
Bass fisheries at the same time.    identified over 100 varieties of
They believe that Lake              birds in our area. There are bald
Bridgeport’s food pyramid is        eagles, ospreys, pelicans, and
upside down. The water is nu-       many others that hang out over
trient poor, which makes the        the lake looking for dinner.
lake really clear, but it is not        Bunch said that despite the
good for the fish.                  low levels of the lake, the fish-
    Local Hybrid fishermen          ing on Lake Bridgeport is
weren’t happy about that and        “very good” this year. There
in 2003 called for another sur-     has been “an explosion in bait
vey. The results of it were         fish” which the predators eat.
much better. TP&W discov-               “Everything is fat and
ered that 24.7 percent of the       happy,” he explained. “The for-
people at Lake Bridgeport           age fish are stable and improv-
                                  2007 Lake Edition … Page 45



Construction of Lake Bridgeport Dam

Seen here is two of the repro-
ductions of six photographs
that currently hang in the of-
fice of Lake Superintendent
Richard Ellis. The photo-
graphs depict the construction
of the Lake Bridgeport dam
and were originally taken by
the Freese and Nichols Engi-
neering Firm. The Fort Worth-
based company was hired by
the Tarrant Regional Water
District to construct the dam,
and Ellis says that the 1920
blueprints of the dam were also
done by the Freese and Nichols
firm.




                                  Reproduction photo-
                                  graphs taken with permis-
                                  sion by Jo Gilbreath
                            200 7 Lake Edition … Page 47



Construction of Lake Bridgeport Dam
Seen here are the re-
productions of two of
six photographs that
currently hang in the
office of Lake Super-
intendent Richard
Ellis. The photo-
graphs depict the con-
struction of the Lake
Bridgeport dam and
were originally taken
by the Freese and
Nichols Engineering
Firm. The Fort Worth-
based company was
hired by the Tarrant
Regional Water Dis-
trict to construct the
dam, and Ellis says
that the 1920 blue-
prints of the dam were
also done by the
Freese and Nichols
firm.




                            Reproduction photo-
                            graphs taken with permis-
                            sion by Jo Gilbreath
Page 48… 2007 Lake Edition


National Slalom champion Michelle Simpson
began her career on beautiful Lake Bridgeport
                                                                       an average of the competitors      boat and the buoys is 11.5        Women’s Slalom
                                                                       of the best placements through-    meters, and many skiers gain      •2002 Malibu Open - 5th place
                                                                       out the tour.                      scores on 10.25 meters of rope.   Women’s Slalom
                                                                           When height and strength       Michelle’s been skiing at 10.75   •2002 MasterCraft Pro Water
                                                                       are a factor, Michelle has the     meters.                           Ski Championships - 12th
                                                                       advantage. Standing at 5 feet         Some of her career high-       place Women’s Slalom
                                                                       and 11 inches tall, she has the    lights include:                   •2002 Womens' Slalom World
                                                                       ability to maneuver around the     •2003 Water Ski World Cham-       Ranking List - 7th in the World
                                                                       buoys so well, she has almost      pionships - Bronze Medalist       •2001 Junior World Ranking
                                                                       reached the world record, ac-      •Women’s Slalom 2003 Elite        List - 2nd place Slalom
                                                                       cording to her dad, Mike, and      World Ranking (Pro Standing)      •2001 Junior Masters - 2nd
                                                                       has intentions of surpassing the   -5th Women’s Slalom               place Girls’ Slalom
                                                                       world record next year. To do      •2003 21 and Under Water Ski      •2001 National’s - Women’s 1
                                                                       this mauevering, Michelle gets     World Championships - Silver      - 3rd place Slalom
                                                                       so close to the water, she al-     Medal Women’s Slalom              •2001 South Central Regional
                                                                       most looks like she is lying       •2003 Collegiate Water Ski        Slalom Champion - Women’s
                                                                       down as she skis past each         National Championship - Di-       1
                                                                       buoy.                              vision 2 Women’s Slalom           •2000 Nationals - Girls’ 3 - 2nd
                                                                           All Michelle has to do to      Champion                          place Slalom
                                                                       win is get a “Clear Pass”          •2003 U.S. Open - 4th Place       •2000 Junior Masters - 3rd
                                                                       through six buoys time and         Women’s Slalom                    Place Girls’ Slalom
                                                                       time again with the shortest       •2003 Malibu Open - 6th Place     •2000 W.O.W. Sports on Tour
                                                                       rope length of any of the ath-     Women’s Slalom                    Member
                                                                       letes in competition. The win-     •2003 Junior U.S. Open - 2nd      •2000 Junior Olympic Slalom
                                                                       ner passes around the most         Place Junior Women’s Slalom       - 2nd place
                                                                       buoys with the shortest rope.      •2003 U.S. Masters - 7th Place    •2000 South Central Regional
                                                                           The boat cruises down be-      Women’s Slalom                    Slalom Champion - Girls’ 3
                                                                       tween the buoys at a fixed         •2003 Mastercraft Pro Water       •1999 National’s - Girls’ 3 -
                                                                       speed that is regulated by an      Ski Championships - 6th Place     2nd place Slalom
                                                                       onboard computer, after each       Women’s Slalom                    •1999 W.O.W. Sports on Tour
                                                                       Clear Pass the rope is short-      •2002 Collegiate Nationals        Member
                                                                       ened.                              Women’s Slalom Champion           •1999 Junior Olympic Slalom
                                                                           The distance between the       •2002 U.S. Open - 3rd place                continued on page 62




BHS graduate Michelle Simpson began her love of water
skiing on Lake Bridgeport, not far from her family’s present
home. Father Mike has been a constant coach and cheer-
leader during Michelle’s growth in the sport.
                                     photo courtesy U.S. A. Waterski
by Jennifer Haney and Audrie           Now, a graduate of Rollins
Palmer                              College in Winter Park,
    Michelle Simpson is cur-        Florida, and currently seeking
rently ranked number one in         where to attend law school,
the United States for slalom        Simpson has turned her first
waterskiing, and she is ranked      early practices of waterskiing
fourth in the world.                into a full-time career.
    Educated in the Bridgeport         In 2005, she took home the
Independent School District,        2005 title of Women’s Slalom
Bridgeport Lake served many         World Cup after skiing in com-
years as her location for sum-      petitions all over the world–
mer school, on the water.           England, China, France,
    When Michelle Simpson           Greece and Switzerland, just to
first took to the water, she was    name a few.
just a toddler, and her first at-      The title for the World Cup
tempt was on the back of her        was not an easy win, either.
father’s inboard.                   Winners are chosen based on
Page 50… 2007 Lake Edition

Practice sun caution while enjoying water activities
    For some, spring and sum-       ful between the hours of 10        shade. If you are outside on a    tive sunglasses, in addition to     weather season, and then go for
mer signal the time to shed ex-     a.m. and 4 p.m. That said, it's    boat and do not have a shaded     sunscreen.                          a return visit once your beach
tra clothing and get outside and    best to avoid the sun during       area such as in a cabin or un-       ·Use effective sunscreen         gear is set to be packed away
bathe in the warm sun. De-          these hours, whether you're        der an awning, wear protective    and apply it properly. Use a        for the winter. This will make
pending on individual skin          staying indoors or, if you have    clothing, such as a broad-        sunscreen with an SPF of 15         blemishes or abnormalities
type, sun exposure can do sub-      to be outside, finding some        brimmed hat and UV-protec-        or higher. To enhance               more noticeable to the naked
stantial damage to your skin                                                                             sunscreen's effectiveness, ap-      eye.
and lead to even graver conse-
quences down the road.
                                              What's Your Skin Type?                                     ply 1 ounce of sunscreen 30
                                                                                                         minutes before going outside,
    While the most immediate             Caucasians are among the most susceptible groups to skin        and then reapply the sunscreen
consequence of overexposure          cancer, as one in three will develop it over the course of a        every two hours. Water-resis-
to the sun is unsightly (and of-     lifetime. However, skin type, not just skin color, goes a long      tant varieties or sport products
ten painful) sunburn, as the         way toward determining a person's likelihood of getting the         can be helpful if you'll be
Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF)         disease.                                                            swimming or sweating.
points out, sunburn could be                                                                                ·See your physician each
only the beginning. Among the        Type I: Very fair skin, burns easily and badly and does not         year for a professional skin
most serious concerns is skin        tan. Eyes are usually blue or green, and hair is typically blond    exam. Make sure you see your
cancer. Of the 1.3 million cases     or red.                                                             physician at least once a year
of skin cancer diagnosed in the                                                                          for a skin exam. Ideally, it's
United States each year, 90          Type II: Can get a minimal tan, but still burns easily and has      best to see your physician at the
percent trace their cause to sun     fair skin. Eyes are blue, hazel or brown, and hair is most          beginning of each warm
exposure. What's most puz-           often blond, red or brown.
zling about that is, despite the
relatively widespread knowl-         Type III: Darker skintone, might burn before tanning.
edge that exposure can lead to
skin cancer, only 33 percent of
adults, adolescents and chil-
                                     Type IV: Darker than Type III, always tans and never burns.                   The Bridgeport
dren routinely apply sun pro-
tection.
                                     Type V: Brown skin, such as that of a lighter-skinned Afri-                Chamber of Commerce
                                     can-American.
    In addition to regularly ap-                                                                             is genuinely committed to the growth and
plying sun protection such as        Type VI: Skin is black.                                                     prosperity not only for the City of
sunscreen whenever you go out
in the sun, SCF offers these tips
                                                                                                            Bridgeport, but the entire surrounding area.
                                        While Types V and VI naturally have more sun protec-
to further lessen your risk of       tion due to their skin's pigmentation, it's still important to                             •••
skin cancer.                         apply sunscreen and take other protective measures. To com-                “Come enjoy the diversity, fresh air, and
    ·Do not burn. Many people        pare your skin with visuals of skin types, visit the Skin Can-              mall style atmosphere on Main Street
feel a sun burn is harmless once     cer Foundation Web site at www.skincancer.org.
the pain vanishes with the red-                                                                                  Bridgeport. Good food, antique shops,
ness. However, SCF notes that                                                                                            gifts and collectibles.”
a person's risk for skin cancer
doubles once that person has
burned five or more times. If
sunburns have become an un-
                                    Remove hooks                                                                                •••
                                                                                                                         Lake Bridgeport...
                                                                                                              Year-round recreation...The only reliable
desirable yet accepted part of
your spring and summer rou-
tine, change your ways.
    ·Avoid tanning booths. Tan-
                                    quickly, easily                                                           source of fresh water in the County...The
                                                                                                                 addition of countless dollars to our
                                                                                                              economy... Attracting business, industry
                                       All you need is a short piece   the eye of the hook and snug it
ning booths have become an          of fishing line to extract the     against the bend of the hook.                  and outdoor enthusiasts.
integral part of many people's      hook. By applying ice cubes,       With your thumb, apply pres-
(young and old) lives. SCF es-      the skin can be numbed. The        sure firmly on the eye of the         President....................................Alan Green
timates that 30 million people      technique described below will     hook. This steadies it and            First Vice President.................Mills Shallene
in the U.S. alone tan indoors       remove the hook with minimal       aligns the barb with the entry        Second Vice President ........Brenda Morgan
each year. More than 2.3 mil-       pain.                              hole. When you push down on           Executive Director.........................Teri Bland
lion of those people are teen-         Any fishing trip can be         the hook eye, the wound will
agers. Unfortunately, tanning       spoiled if a hook accidently       spread open and the barb won’t
booths can be damaging to the                                                                                      940-683-2076 • Fax 940-683-3969
                                    becomes embedded in an ear,        tear much skin or tissue when                  email: chamber@wccs.net
skin as well, most notably with     arm, leg or hand. Hook inju-       it comes out.
respect to photoaging, the pro-     ries are a common problem for          Step 3. While maintaining
cess by which the skin ages due     anglers.                           downward pressure on the
to exposure to the sun or tan-         Step 1. First, remove the       hook, quickly jerk the loop.
ning booths. The effects of         hook from the lure. Make a         The hook should pop out
photoaging can be seen as early     loop with the line; tie ends se-   quickly. If an antiseptic is
as a person's 20s.                  curely. Place the loop around      available, rinse the cut, cover
    ·Stay indoors or in the shade
during certain hours. On an
                                    the back of your wrist and run
                                    the remaining line between
                                                                       with a bandage, and go back
                                                                       to fishing.
                                                                                                           A Bridge to Tomorrow. . . . .
average spring or summer day,
the sun's rays are most harm-
                                    your thumb and forefinger.
                                       Step 2. Place the loop over
                                                                           Reminder: Is your tetanus
                                                                       vaccination up-to-date?
                                                                                                                      A Port to Call Home.
                                                                                                    2007 Lake Edition … Page 51


                            Spectacular fireworks
                            continued from page 19              sidered a “must see” for many       Center at 51 Runaway Bay
                            sponsibility for the annual         Wise County citizens.               Drive, and listen for the music
                            event, and has no plans to make         For the past several years,     and laughter.
                            any major changes to the            the traffic leading to the show        At dusk, the light-show be-
                            Fourth Fest.                        may be maddening, as well as        gins, and throngs of people cel-
                                The Fourth Fest offers a full   leaving, but ask any child who      ebrating at Fourth Fest, around
                            day of live music, vendor           has ever received a neckache        the shores of Bridgeport Lake,
                            booths, and many other activi-      from staring at the lit-up beauty   and alongside Highway 380
                            ties for the kids to enjoy. One     in the sky, and he or she will      “ooh” and “aah” at the much-
                            of the biggest events of the day    probably tell you it was worth      anticipated summer sight that
                            is the golf cart parade that dis-   it.                                 has been a tradition for more
                            plays all different kinds of            To find the festivities, head   than 15 years.
                            decorations on the golf carts.      toward the Runaway Bay Civic
                            Before the day’s events even
                            begin, a firecracker scramble is
                            held to benefit the Susan G.
                            Komen Breast Cancer Society.
                                The longer you stay at the
                            Fourth Fest, the more fun you
                            may find. By the time the night
                            rolls around, visitors begin
                            looking to the skies for the
                            beautiful explosions of lights.
                                The fireworks show has
                            grown so big over the years
                            thanks to contributions made
                            by businesses, organizations
                            and individuals, that it is con-
                            sidered one of the largest dis-
                            plays in the area, and is con-
Lakefoto by Francine West                                                                           Lakefoto by Francine West
Page 52… 2007 Lake Edition

Play it safe while playing on all personal watercrafts
    The advertisements are al-    Coast Guard notes that PWCs         come with a “kill switch” that      waters you plan to navigate,          • Stay in sight of shore.
luring: Skim along the water      can be hazardous because of         automatically stops the craft if    and have a working knowledge          Avoid congested areas, but
with water brushing your legs     the high speeds they reach and      its rider falls off. To learn the   of the PWC operation manual        keep a safe proximity to land.
and the scenery flying by. Per-   the little protection they offer.   regulations in your state, visit    (you should especially know           • Know right-of-way rules.
sonal watercrafts (PWC),          These small boats are highly        the National Association of         reboarding procedures —               The same guidelines for
sometimes called by their com-    maneuverable, and even the          State Boating Law Administra-       you’ll probably fall off). Wear    boating apply to a PWC — al-
mercial names of Jet Skis or      most experienced mariners can       tors Web site www.nasbla.org.       the engine stop safety lanyard     ways keep to the right and
Waverunners, are more popu-       be lured into trying dangerous          If you are thinking of buy-     if one is included. The Coast      avoid other crafts.
lar than ever. According to the   stunts. Also, the size of a PWC     ing a PWC, be sure to check         Guard also recommends carry-          •Operate the PWC at a safe
Personal Watercraft Industry      makes it particularly attractive    out the PWIA (www.pwia.org)         ing flares for riding on the               speed. Always be able
Association (PWIA), approxi-      to kids and teens. All of these     for general regulation informa-     ocean. In 1999, a Florida                  to stop your craft and
mately 80,000 PWCs are sold       factors make it a high-risk wa-     tion, and read reviews of what-     couple spent 18 hours floating             remain in control of it.
in the United States each year,   ter sport.                          ever craft you’re planning on       at sea because they cut their         •Do not drink alcohol or use
and an estimated one million          Still, the number of acci-      getting (www.watercraftnews         engine and couldn’t restart it.            drugs before operating
of these vehicles are currently   dents on PWCs have actually         .com) to compare features.          They had no way to signal to               a PWC.
in operation. Small, sleek and    decreased in the last few years.        When taking your PWC out        the people on shore that they         A large percentage of acci-
cheaper than a motorboat, per-    Several states have enacted         on the water, be sure to have       were in trouble.                   dents are a result of the rider
sonal watercrafts give their      laws to prevent accidents, such     the proper safety equipment.            PWIA also gives these rec-     being under the influence. Al-
owners an affordable and eas-     as minimum age requirements         PWIA recommends that all rid-       ommendations for riding            cohol reduces your ability to
ily transportable way to go out   for riding PWCs, ranging from       ers wear a life jacket, regard-     safely:                            make good judgments and
to sea.                           10 to 16, and also require chil-    less of whether required by law         • Avoid other boats.           quick decisions.
    However, according to the     dren under a certain age to ride    or not. Also, have a map of the
U.S. Coast Guard, 71 people       with an adult. Also, most states
died and more than 1,300 were     require that all PWC riders
injured in personal watercraft    wear a life jacket. There are
accidents in 2002. This statis-
tic makes PWCs the second-
                                  speed restrictions, minimum
                                  distance requirements and al-
                                                                      Seasonal Back-to-Boating Basics
most dangerous water vehicle      cohol laws. The PWC itself is
behind open motor boats. The      regulated as well — most now            As soon as the weather gets     valves, lubricate and com-         wire.
                                                                      even a little warm, the first       pletely disassemble them since         • Safety equipment: Each
                                                                      thing most boat owners want         their metals may have eroded       piece should be thoroughly in-
                                                                      to do is hit the open waters. But   over the season.                   spected. Examine life jackets,
                                                                      before setting sail, there are a        • Cooling and fuel system:     life rings, life rafts, dinghies
                                                                      few things you need to do to        You may have flushed the           and cushions for holes, deterio-
                                                                      get ready for the season, no        cooling system with antifreeze     ration, proper fit and buoyancy.
                                                                      matter what kind of boat you        to prevent it from freezing over   Make sure fire extinguishers
                                                                      have. Although it may set you       winter. Now, flush it out and      are functional and not expired.
                                                                      back a few days or hours on the     replace it with the right cool-    Replace old flares and distress
                                                                      water, follow these tips and        ant. Keep extra onboard. Re-       signals. Test the radio. Sound
                                                                      those in your owner’s manual        place any hoses with cracks.       all warning sound devices like
                                                                      for specific maintenance in-        Replace the fuel filter (keep      a whistle or horn and examine
                                                                      structions prior to putting your    spares onboard) and examine        the radar reflector. Check com-
                                                                      boat back on the water:             fuel tanks.                        pass, charts and navigation
                                                                          • Battery: Clean the cables         • Electrics: Examine all       lights. Replenish first aid sup-
                                                                      with a wire brush and recon-        electrical circuits and wiring.    plies.
                                                                      nect. You may have to fill the      Look for chafing or worn ar-           • Trailer: Inspect the trailer
                                                                      cells with distilled water.         eas that cold weather short cir-   if you’ll be towing the boat.
                                                                          • Boat exterior and interior:   cuits. Spray wiring and strips     Check tires and spares for
                                                                      Check the boat for rotting,         with anticorrosion protectant.     cracks, worn treads and correct
                                                                      cracks or leaks. (Ask the           Test and charge batteries, re-     tire pressure. Tighten bolts and
                                                                      boatyard personnel if you need      placing as needed.                 screws. Spin tires to ensure the
                                                                      help with the inspection.)              • Hoses and clamps: Make       bearings operate well and are
                                                                          Check the packing gland on      sure hoses are not soft, cracked   well-lubricated. Test brakes
                                                                      your propeller and rudder           or brittle. If they are damaged,   and gauge the brake fluid level.
                                                                      shafts to prevent sinkings at the   change them. Hoses should          Inspect the electrical system
                                                                      dock. Packing can wear out          have the right number of           for worn wires or loose con-
                                                                      and should be checked.              clamps (it varies based on         nections. Examine and grease
                                                                      Tighten packing or renew its        where the hose is) and show no     the hubs. Test the back-up and
                                                                      material if there’s extreme         signs of corrosion.                taillights, replacing any broken
                                                                      leaking. If it’s hard to reach,         • Rigging: Many boats use      bulbs or cracked wires. If you
                                                                      have it repacked once a year or     cables for steering, engine con-   find rust, sand it off and prime
                                                                      replace it with a dripless          trols and lifelines. Inspect the   it to prevent further damage.
                                                                      model. Make sure the sea            ends for tiny flaws with a mag-        • Water pump impeller: Im-
                                                                      cocks are greased and work          nifying glass. With a thin pa-     pellers may bend and break
                                                                      easily; they require a quarter      per cloth, run your hand along     after a long winter. Replace im-
                                                                      turn between fully open and         wire ropes to find broken          pellers each year and make
                                                                      fully closed. If you have gate      strands. Replace any damaged       sure you have spare impellers
                                  Lakefoto by Shelley Moore                                                                                  on board.
                                                                                                                                              2007 Lake Edition … Page 53

Lake Bridgeport dining offers spectrum of food choices
by Jennifer Haney                   experience at The Club could       alcoholic beverages, to hot-off-    On The Bay Grill. Pizza is ob-     pizza?
    Lake Bridgeport has a few       be considered somewhat up-         the-grill cheeseburgers, and        viously the specialty there, but      Customers may dine inside
restaurants for hungry indi-        scale.                             even vegetable seeds for plant-     that not all that’s available.     the restaurant or request deliv-
viduals who would like to grab          The Club at Runaway Bay        ing in the garden. The store of-       Salads, subs, pasta,            ery.
a bite to eat in between mo-        is a semi-private club. Thus, it   fers diners more than they may      calzones and stromboli spice          With all the variety of
ments of play.                      is open to the public.             have imagined before walking        up the menu at Romano’s.           choices for lunch and dinner,
    The Club at Runaway Bay             Two other dining facilities    through the doors of the estab-     When’s the last time you had a     visitors to Lake Bridgeport can
is definitely a valuable asset to   exist on Lake Bridgeport that      lishment. One Stop even offers      Canadian Bacon and pineapple       decide for themselves what’s
the area and features 20,000        someone unfamiliar with the        the bait to catch your own din-     topped with mozzarella cheese      for dinner.
square feet of elegant yet com-     area may not consider. Both        ner.
fortable space. A dining room,      facilities can be found inside         Right across the highway
lounge, and terrace afford a        convenience stores on either       from One Stop of Texas is the
gorgeous vista, allowing            side of Highway 380 in Run-        Shell, with its deli-mart. The
guests’ eyes to roam across the     away Bay.                          fresh-made sandwiches come
green hills of the golf course          Whether you want some-         plain and dry, and are refriger-
to the lake.                        thing already prepared , or you    ated until you choose your fla-
    Hungry individuals may          want prime cuts of meat to pre-    vor.
find an elegant bite to eat any     pare in your own kitchen or in         On The Bay Grill, as it’s
day of the week except Mon-         your own back yard, One            named, also offers items rang-
day. Tuesday through Thurs-         Stop’s Old Fashioned Meat          ing from egg rolls to Philly
day, doors are open from 11         Market has a variety of selec-     Steaks, and of course, ham-
a.m. until 4 p.m., with Happy       tions.                             burgers. Corn dogs, nachos,
Hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.             It was established in 1970,    soft tacos, bacon, lettuce and
Friday’s business hours at The      and not only has bar-b-cue         tomato sandwiches, chicken
Club are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.,         baby back ribs ready for a wa-     fried steak and chicken strips
Saturday’s hours are 8 a.m. to      tering mouth, but also fresh-cut   are all on the menu, too.
9 p.m., and Sunday’s hours of       T-bones ready to sizzle on the         Food is served in that estab-
operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.      grill over the mesquite chips.     lishment from 11 a.m. to 9:30
    Don’t try to get off the boat       One Stop carries its own       p.m., every day of the week.
and run into the grill in your      spectrum of choices. From a            Romano’s Pizza is located
swimsuit, though. A dining          smorgasbord of junk food and       in the same shopping center as                                         Lakefoto by Francine West




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Wise County Park rules of conduct
(a)Entrance/user fees: pay-          remain in a unit of the park       with development, construc-         to drive a vehicle within a park     bike, a mini-bike, an all-terrain
ment. It is an offense to enter,     unless so secured;                 tion, or management of a park;      at a speed:                          vehicle, a golf cart, or a bicycle
use, or occupy a facility in any         (2) permit a pet or other      and                                     (1) greater than is reason-      on a trail or path not designated
portion of a park for which a        animal to remain unattended or         (2) enter or remain in an       able or prudent, having due re-      and posted for use by such ve-
fee has been established, unless     create a disturbance or hazard     area of a park that has been        gard for the traffic and the road    hicles (wheel chairs and elec-
the person has first paid the fee    within a park;                     closed by the director for any      conditions then existing;            tric scooters used by persons
or satisfied the requirements of         (3) permit an animal (ex-      reason, including security,             (2) which endangers the          with a disability are exempt) or
the fee, has received an en-         cept a trained assistance animal   safety, preservation, or resto-     safety of persons or property;       use the trail in a manner that is
trance/use permit issued by the      accompanying a person with a       ration.                                 (3) which exceeds the            dangerous to a person or ani-
department, and has attached         disability) to enter into or re-   (j) Alcoholic beverages. It is      posted speed limit in any por-       mal.
the permit to their vehicle as       main in any building or enclo-     an offense to consume or dis-       tion of the park system.             (s) Traffic. It is an offense to:
and when required by the per-        sure designated for public use     play an open container of an        (o)Vehicle operation. It is an           (1) operate a vehicle in a
mit. If the office is closed, pay-   including, but not limited to, a   alcoholic beverage in a public      offense to operate a vehicle in      park between the park closing
ment must be made according          restaurant, snack bar, cabin,      place or sell alcoholic bever-      a park except on roads, drive-       hour and 6 a.m. opening hour,
to posted instructions or            lodge room, restore, park store,   ages within a park.                 ways, parking areas, and areas       except for emergency or nec-
signage.                             shelter, refectory building,       (k)Soliciting. It is an offense     designated open for vehicles.        essary purposes; and
(b)Use of facilities. It is an       amphitheater, administration       to solicit funds or donation of     (p)Parking. It is an offense to:         (2) operate a vehicle in an
offense to:                          building, or railroad coach;       any item, or offer to sell any          (1) park a vehicle or            indiscriminate or unnecessary
    (1) use an area or facility          (4) permit a pet animal in     goods, wares, merchandise,          trailer in a park except in areas    manner (cruising).
for any purpose contrary to its      the water of a designated          liquid, or edibles, or render any   designated, constructed, or          (t) Camping. It is an offense
designated purpose; and              swimming area or to permit a       service for hire, or distribute     designated for that purpose;         to camp except as authorized
    (2) keep, use, or arrange a      pet animal (except a trained as-   written material, in a park, ex-    and                                  by permit in areas designated
motor vehicle, trailer, camping,     sistance animal accompanying       cept by authority of a conces-          (2) park, store, or leave a      or marked for that purpose.
or other equipment except as         a person with a disability)        sion agreement approved by          vehicle or trailer in violation of   Camping is defined as:
specified by the director. All       within the land or beach area      the director.                       subsection (b) of this section           (1) occupying a desig-
vehicles and trailers must re-       adjacent to the water of a des-    (l) Metal detector. It is an of-    when signs have been posted          nated camping facility;
main on paved surfaces and in        ignated swimming area;             fense to operate or use a metal     in the affected areas.                   (2) erecting a tent, arrang-
designated areas only, unless            (5) bring into, permit to      detector.                           (q)Motorcycles. It is an of-         ing bedding, or both, for the
otherwise specified by the di-       range, or release into a park a    (m) Responsibility for minor        fense to operate a motorcycle        purpose of, or in such a man-
rector.                              wild animal, pet, fowl, or live-   children. It is an offense to       that is not licensed and in-         ner as will permit, remaining
(c) Plant life. It is an offense     stock except as authorized in      permit a child or ward to vio-      spected as authorized by Texas       overnight; or
to willfully mutilate, injure,       this chapter or a permit or by     late a regulation when such         Motor Vehicle Laws.                      (3) use of a trailer,
destroy, pick, cut, or remove        law;                               child or ward is under 17 years     (r) Trail use. It is an offense      camper, or other vehicle for the
any plant life except by permit          (6) possess a noisy, vi-       of age.                             to operate or use a vehicle, in-     purpose of sleeping during
issued by the director.              cious, or dangerous animal, or     (n)Speed limit. It is an offense    cluding a motorcycle, a motor-                  continued on page 58
(d)Fires; smoking; firewood;         one which is disturbing to other
fireworks. It is an offense to:      persons, in a park;
    (1) light, build, or main-           (7) through (10) no horses
tain a fire within a park except     (f) Arms and firearms. It is
in a facility or device provided,    an offense to:
maintained, or designated for            (1) possess a firearm with
such purposes or to smoke or         a cartridge or projectile in any
build fires when an extreme          portion of the mechanism, ex-
fire hazard has been posted;         cept when authorized by the
    (2) notwithstanding para-        commission or the director;
graph (1) of this subsection,            (2) display a firearm, ex-
portable camp stoves may be          cept when authorized by the di-
used in designated campsites         rector or the commission;
or picnic areas;                         (3) discharge across, in, or
    (3) possess within a park        into a park any arm, firearm,
any fireworks, explosives, or        or device capable of injuring or
similar devices capable of ex-       killing any person or animal or
plosion, or to discharge, set off,   damaging or destroying public
or cause to be discharged in or      or private property, except
into a park any such device or       when authorized by the direc-
substance, except with written       tor.
authorization from the director.     (g)Assembly. It is an offense
(e) Animals. It is an offense        to conduct or participate in an
to:                                  assembly or public demonstra-
    (1) bring into or possess        tion except with written per-
within a park a pet or other do-     mission of the director.
mesticated animal, unless the        (h)Nudity and disrobing. It
animal is secured by a leash not     is an offense to appear nude.
exceeding six feet in length, or     (i) Closed area. It is an of-
confined in a vehicle, or to per-    fense to:
mit an animal to enter into or           (1) prevent or interfere
                                                                                                                                              2007 Lake Edition … Page 55

Getting involved with the Lake Bridgeport community
by Bryce Isbell and Audrie          Bay Alliance. All events will       tion welcomes all those inter-     dent, Mary Jo Haller at (940)      pate in the wearing of a red hat
Palmer                              will continue as they were pre-     ested in playing golf. Contact     644-5263                           and purple outfit. Ladies under
   There’s lots of ways to get      vious to the merge. The Greater     Beth Anderson at (940)575-            The Red Hat Society began       the age of 50 must wear a pink
involved in the Lake Bridge-        Runaway Bay Alliance is open        2323 for details.                  in 1998 when a woman named         hat and a lavender outfit. The
port area this year. Whether        to the public, local businesses,       The Sand Flats Art Guild        Sue Ellen Cooper purchased a       local chapter serving the Lake
your interests lie in acting,       as well as individuals or any-      began in 1996 and sponsors         red fedora hat in a thrift shop    Bridgeport area, the Bay
planning, arts and crafts,          one promoting the Runaway           programs each month at their       and decided along with a friend    Babes, meets once a month.
sports, or just socializing,        Bay area. For more informa-         meetings from every form of        to form the society. The rules     For more information, contact
there’s much to be found in this    tion contact Tayna Fulmer,          art including quilting and         to join are that each member       the “queen” Merna Hyham at
community.                          President of the Greater Run-       painting. For more informa-        must be a woman over the age       (940)575-4168
   The Runaway Bay Cham-            away Bay Alliance at (940)          tion, contact the group’s presi-   of 50 years in order to partici-
ber of Commerce, Festival and       575-4281. Or call Bettye
Arts, and Runaway Bay Prop-         Parker. Vice President of the
erty Owner’s have all recently      organization, at (940) 575-
merged into one organization        4754
called The Greater Runaway              The Ladies Golf Associa-




             Take Time to Be Safe
 Do:
 * Observe the Rules of the Road
 * Carry a life preserver for each person on board: keep life pre-
 servers handy and PUT THEM ON in adverse conditions.
 * Instruct at least one of your crew in the rudiments of handling
 your craft in case you are injured or become incapacitated.
 * See that all hands know what to do in an emergency and where
 to find the safety equipment.
 * Check weather and tides before going out.
 * Check the gasoline system, and make sure that the tanks are
 vented and that bilges are free of vapors, oil, waste and grease.
 * Be sure that you have enough fuel with plenty to spare.
 * Check your battery, lights and other equipment.
 * Reduce speed through all anchorage and moorage areas.
 * Reduce speed at night and during periods of poor visibility.
 * Maintain a proper lookout at all times.
 * Take your time in buying a boat or equipment: a bad "bar-                                                                                                        Lakefoto
 gain" could cost you your life.

 Don't:
 * Overload your boat or allow passengers to move about in a
 way that may change its balance.
 * Leave shore in a leaky, damaged or poorly constructed boat.
 * Venture into dangerous or restricted areas.
 * Operate near swimmers or divers.
 * Forget that your wake can endanger others.
 * Use gasoline stoves.
 * Lie at anchor with a short scope of line.
 * Mix liquor or drugs with boating.

 REMEMBER!
 A boat operator is responsible for any damage to persons or property
 caused by his wake!!!




   Go fishing on
  Lake Bridgeport
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Cold, hard facts about life jacket safety
   When an emergency strikes        in a visible color and in a few     should feature a crotch strap,                                nance of your life jacket can
                                                                                                            need to be replaced often. In-
on water, a life jacket can make    different sizes.                    an oversized float collar and a                               help it last for years.
                                                                                                            spect jackets for tears, holes,
the difference between life and         Type Two: It’s geared for       grab loop to pull the child out     deterioration or ripped seams.After a day of boating, let
death. That’s why you want to       calm or inland waters, making       of water.                                                     your jacket dry thoroughly in
                                                                                                            Patch any small holes, but re-
be sure you have the right life     it the proper choice for boat-          For all ages, a life jacket                               a well-ventilated place before
                                                                                                            place the jacket if they are large
jacket onboard — preferably         ing or fishing. It’s used in wa-    should fit snugly but comfort-                                putting it away. If you were in
                                                                                                            enough for water to seep in.
one for each member of your         ters where there is a good          ably when all straps, zippers                                 salt water, rinse the jacket thor-
                                                                                                            Buckles and zips should fasten
boating party.                      chance of a fast rescue. Type       and ties are fastened. Test the                               oughly with fresh water. Also
                                                                                                            easily. There should be no mil-
                                    Two jackets are more comfort-       jacket on land and water. If you                              remember that heat damages
                                                                                                            dew odor or signs of shirking.
SELECTING A JACKET                  able than Type Ones, but they       raise your arms over your                                     life jackets. That’s why you
                                                                                                            Test the jacket in water again
    When you’re dealing with        cannot be relied upon to turn       head, the life jacket should stay                             shouldn’t leave it aboard a boat
                                                                                                            to make sure it still floats. If it
water, fashion or price             unconscious wearers to a face-      in place. Have someone lift the                               in the sun when the boat is not
                                                                                                            failed any of these tests, throw
shouldn’t factor into your life     up position consistently. As a      jacket up by the shoulders; it      your jacket away.         in use. Also, don’t dry your life
jacket decision. Choose your        result, they are not good for       should stay in place. If you                                  jacket in a dryer, on a radiator,
life jacket based on what you       long hours in rough water.          can, test the jacket in a pool or   CARE AND MAINTENANCE heater or other heat source,
will be doing in the water as           Type Three: This jacket is      in shallow water prior to use         Proper care and mainte- which can damage it.
well as the water conditions.       designed for calm waters            on open water. Relax your
Life jackets vary in shape,         where there is a good chance        body and tilt your head back.
color and material — just make      of a fast rescue. It’s the most     Your chin should be above
sure you get one that’s suited      comfortable type of life jacket     water and you should be able
for you.                            available in many styles, mak-      to breathe easily. Another wa-
    The label on the jacket will    ing it good for general boating     ter test is to jump into a pool
indicate if it’s designed for       or the activity marked on the       feet first from a platform the
your weight, and the proper         label. It’s not recommended for     same height as your boat. The
uses for its level of durability.   rough waters since the              life jacket should not pop off
Following are common types          wearer’s head can be covered        over your head. Once you find
of life jackets:                    by waves where the jacket can-      one that’s suitable, put your
    Type One: It’s designed for     not provide adequate flotation.     name on it so you wear one
open, rough waters, or where        Select a life jacket that is U.S.   that is sized just for you.
it may be hard to be rescued.       Coast Guard approved (which
While it’s bulky, it provides the   means it has endured intense        INSPECTION
best flotation and turns most       testing), properly sized and in         Twice a year, re-inspect all
unconscious wearers from a          a visible color. Child-size life    jackets. Make sure children
face-down position to a face-       jackets list the weight range       still fit into theirs — children
up position. It usually comes       geared for the jacket and           grow fast so their jackets will
                                                                                                                                                  Lakefoto by Francine West




                                          Lakefoto by J.D. Clark
                                                                                                                                                 2007 Lake Edition … Page 57

Lake not in bad shape for a drought, says superintendent
by Jennifer Haney                   could easily float again, ac-           Ellis has been the lake su-     rential rains flooded Fort               Today, according to the
    Wise County and a larger        cording to Ellis. He said the        perintendent for 12 years for      Worth in April 1922. The rain-       TRWD Web site, the organiza-
part of Texas may have been         lake levels are directly affected    TRWD.                              storm dumped 11 inches of            tion strives to “develop and
in a drought for a few years,       mainly by rainfall.                     The TRWD is the govern-         water in that city in two days,      manage the reliable delivery of
but Lake Bridgeport is doing            “Everything we do is con-        ing organization that manages      killed at least 10 people and        low-cost, quality water to our
fine, according to Tarrant Re-      tingent upon rainfall,” said         Lake Bridgeport. It’s main pur-    caused more than $1 million          customers, provide vital flood
gional Water District (TRWD)        Ellis.                               pose is for flood control and to   worth of damages.                    protection within the system,
Lake Superintendent Richard             He said this year, Lake          monitor the water supply. It           It wasn’t until 1927 that vot-   and effectively use Water Dis-
Ellis.                              Bridgeport has been lucky be-        was established after voters in    ers approved a $6.5 million          trict resources to enhance rec-
    “The lake is not in bad         cause some rain has fallen be-       Tarrant County elected for its     bond issue for funding the con-      reational benefits for the pub-
shape for the drought years,”       tween it and Eagle Mountain          creation in 1924.                  struction of Lake Bridgeport         lic while preserving and pro-
said Ellis. “There’s still a lot    Lake.                                   The decision came after tor-    and Eagle Mountain Lake.             tecting the environment.”
of good water out there.”               “When rain falls between
    Ellis said the lake was only    here and Eagle Mountain Lake,
11 feet lower than conservation     we don’t have to let out as
level in March 2006, but in         much water for them,” said
March 2007, the lake was 17.5       Ellis.
feet lower than conservation            When the rain was falling
level. The conservation level is    in Lake Bridgeport, the lake
836 above sea level.                reached it’s peak flood level in
    According to the TRWD           1990, at eight feet above con-
Web site, (www.trwd.com), the       servation level.
lake was 35 feet lower than             Until then, there are two
conservation level in 1980. The     public boat docks that are in the
water level was even lower          water. One is in Runaway Bay,
than that in 1956 when it was       and the other is at Wise County
more than 56 feet lower than        Park.
conservation level.                     Ellis said anyone in a boat
    Normally, TRWD only dis-        out on Lake Bridgeport should
tributes about 65 to 80 percent     be very careful about navigat-
of the budgeted water for dis-      ing around the waters. He said
tribution purposes. During last     people can see a lot of what is
year’s drought the TRWD dis-        in the lake at this low level, but
charged approximately 80 per-       not everything can be seen, in-
cent of its allotment, according    cluding tree stumps and under-       TRWD boat dock.                                                         Lakefoto by Jennifer Haney
to Ellis. However, that average     water growth.
distribution was not what was
used the previous year.
    The previous year, the
TRWD used the entire allot-
ment.
    “[That] year was the first in
several years that we’ve used
100 percent.”
    The lower lake levels put
many boat docks on the ground
that year, and some of them
still sit there this year. Even
Ellis’ department’s boat dock
was on the ground.
    “You could drive a pick-up
in our boathouse,” said Ellis.
    If it rains, the boat docks
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Wise County Park rules of conduct
continued from page 54             tronic equipment:                   located in a park;                  limit establishing a maximum        (dd) Cultural features and/or
nighttime hours.                             (A) use electronic            (2) enter water or swim in      number of persons and, if ap-       artifacts. It is an offense to
(u)Minors, camping. It is an       equipment, including electrical     an area closed for that activity;   propriate, the number and type      take, remove, destroy, deface,
offense to remain in a park be-    speakers, at a volume which             (3) swim at night unless        of motor vehicles, trailers, and    tamper with, or disturb any ar-
tween the park closing hour        emits sound beyond the imme-        otherwise posted; and               equipment permitted to enter        tifact or cultural feature except
and opening hour, if the per-      diate individual camp or pic-           (4) introduce, carry into,      into, or remain in, a designated    by permit issued by the direc-
son is under the age of 17, ex-    nic site at any time without spe-   or possess, use, break, dispose     area or facility at any time.       tor.
cept the following:                cific permission of the direc-      of, throw, or abandon any glass     (aa) Checkout time. It is an        (ee) Waste water, sewage, and
    (1) a person who is ac-        tor;                                container in the water of a         offense to continue to occupy       gray water. It is an offense to:
companied by a parent or le-                 (B) create a distur-      swimming area, swimming             a facility past checkout time           (1) deposit waste water,
gal guardian;                      bance by causing excessive          pool, or in the beach area adja-    when a checkout time has been       sewage, or effluent from sinks,
    (2) a person who fur-          noise by any means.                 cent to the water of a swim-        established by the director.        toilets, or other plumbing fix-
nishes to the park headquarters    (w) Abandoned and unat-             ming area.                          (bb) Wildlife. It is an offense     tures directly on the ground or
the written consent of and the     tended property. It is an of-       (y)Mooring. It is an offense        to:                                 into the water;
full name, residence, and tele-    fense to:                           to:                                     (1) harm, harass, disturb,          (2) use any water foun-
phone number of parent or le-          (1) abandon a vehicle or            (1) moor, dock, or berth a      trap, confine, catch, possess, or   tain, drinking fountain, pool,
gal guardian;                      other person property;              boat or any other object be-        remove any wildlife, or por-        sprinkler, reservoir, lake or any
    (3) a person who is part of        (2) leave a vehicle, boat,      tween the hours of 10 p.m. and      tions of wildlife from a unit of    other water body contained in
a group which is supervised        barge, or other property unat-      6 a.m., except in mooring ar-       the park system, except by a        the park for bathing, launder-
during those hours by at least     tended in a unit of the park sys-   eas designated by the director;     permit issued by the director or    ing, and washing dishes, pets,
one responsible adult for each     tem in such a manner as to cre-     and                                 as provided by the Parks and        or vehicles; and
15 persons under the age of 17;    ate a hazardous or unsafe con-          (2) moor, dock, or berth a      Wildlife Code, Chapter 62,              (3) deposit fish parts at
and                                dition; and                         commercial vessel at any part       Subchapter D; and                   any location except park fish
    (4) married couples.               (3) leave property unat-        of a park except by permit from         (2) release any fish into       cleaning facilities.
(v)Peace and quiet. It is an       tended in a park without hav-       the director.                       the waters of any park, except
offense to:                        ing received prior permission       (`z) Public use limit. It is an     as authorized by the Parks and
    (1) disturb other persons in   from the director or to leave a     offense to:                         Wildlife Code.
sleeping quarters or in camp-      vehicle unattended after the            (1) enter into, or remain       (cc) Geological features. It is
grounds between the hours of       closing hour, unless such per-      in, an area or facility for which   an offense to take, remove,
10 p.m. and 6 a.m.; and            son is legally in the park after    a public use limit has been es-     destroy, deface, tamper with, or
    (3) cause, create, or con-     closing, and unless he has          tablished when such action will     disturb any rock, earth, soil,
tribute to any noise which is      parked the vehicle in a place       have the effect of exceeding        gem, mineral, fossil, or other
broadcast, or caused to be         designated by the director or he    the established limitations; and    geological deposit except by
broadcast, into sleeping quar-     has prior permission from the           (2) exceed the public use       permit issued by the director.
ters or campgrounds, or which      director.
emits sound beyond the             (x)Water skiing; swimming.
person’s immediate campsite,       It is an offense to:
between the hours of 10 p.m.           (1) engage in water ski-
and 6 a.m.; whether by shout-      ing, surf boarding while being
ing or singing, by using a ra-     towed, towing a person or a
dio, phonograph, television, or    similar device, or operate a
musical instrument, or by op-      motorized ski device on lakes
erating mechanical or elec-        of less than 650 surface acres




                                        Lakefoto by Jo Gilbreath
                                                                                                                                              2007 Lake Edition … Page 59

Building of Lake Bridgeport brought needed jobs to area
    As you drive across Lake       that the most serious flood oc-      of the improvement district,       bridge on Hwy. 380 and the             In the 1950’s record
Bridgeport it is sometimes hard    curred in 1870. The waters           W.E. Bideker, attorney Ireland     Twin Hills dam, located three      drought and a growing Tarrant
to remember that it was made       completely covered the Old           Hampton, engineer John B.          miles away.                        County population led the Dis-
by the hand of man.                Bridgeport that was located          Hawley, Chairman of the State          Workers drew lots to deter-    trict to look for more water
    Without a knowledge of the     about a mile west of present         Board of Water Engineers John      mine which area they would         sources. They received permits
history of this body of water a    downtown, near the original          A. Norris, Munn and Lillard.       clear. If a man was lucky he       in 1957 for two more reser-
person wouldn’t know that          toll bridge across the Trinity on       Norris requested that           would draw a lot where there       voirs, which initiated the Ce-
men once labored where the         Farm Road 920.                       borings be made to test the soil   were very few mesquite trees.      dar Creek Lake and Richland-
water is now, to cut down and          In 1907 the West Fork            and its suitability for a foun-    If a man was unlucky he might      Chambers Reservoir.
remove trees, clearing the ba-     flooded again, this time cover-      dation which turned out to be      draw a lot down in the heavy           Cedar Creek Lake construc-
sin for the lake.                  ing the entire area from the         favorable.                         timbered bottom land.              tion began in 1960 and began
    They wouldn’t know that        Rock Island Railroad to down-           Plans for two dams were             The timber had to be cut,      water delivery to the
some of the men stood in line      town with back water. It was a       adopted as part of flood con-      burned.. just eliminated.          Metroplex through a 72-inch
for the work so they could         week before the waters re-           trol, the dam at Bridgeport and        It was during this construc-   pipeline in 1973.
make two or three dollars a day    ceded.                               another at Eagle Mountain          tion that entire families would        The Richland-Chambers
to feed their families perhaps         It brought commerce to a         Lake.                              camp out in tents. Farmers         Reservoir project began in
the one meal they would get        standstill and trains did not run,      Voters approved a bond is-      brought their produce to sell to   1979, was finished in 1988 and
daily. The families often          preventing anyone in Bridge-         sue on Oct. 7, 1927 to provide     the workers, canteloupes, eggs     is the third largest to lie totally
waited for the provider in a       port from receiving or sending       money for the construction of      and butter.                        within Texas. Its shoreline
home that was only a lean-to       mail. The coal mines were ob-        the dams which began in 1929.          Despite the tough times        covers approximately 400
made from an old tarpaulin set     viously shut down. A slope              The dams were also being        there was a lot of excitement      miles and its surface covers
up near the work site.             mine that snaked under the hill      built to furnish a water supply    among the workers and their        45,000 acres. It delivers up to
    It was 1929 and the coun-      at the corner of Hovey and 10th      for the fast growing Tarrant       families in being a part of what   180 million gallons per day to
try was in the grip of the Great   Street had escaped being inun-       County.                            was supposed to be the largest     the district.
Depression. When construc-         dated because of the large pile         Building of the levee along     man-made lake in Texas at the          Lake Arlington was built
tion of the lake was announced     of mine shale outside the en-        U.S. Hwy 380 near the bridge       time.                              and is owned and operated by
it was greeted with enthusiasm     trance. A guard was posted           that now crosses to Runaway            Lake Bridgeport was com-       that city. The District supplies
not only by those who wanted       night and day to sound the           Bay was done by hand. Rocks        pleted in 1931 and is the north-   its water from Cedar Creek
to prevent future flooding of      alarm should waters begin to         were brought in by wagon           ernmost and third largest res-     Lake.
the West Fork of the Trinity       enter the shaft.                     from the surrounding area and      ervoir in the Tarrant County           Lake Worth, constructed
River but by men who were              When the water was gone          any townspeople with a wagon       Water Control an Improvement       from 1911-1914, is owned and
desperate for work.                it was replaced with a layer of      and team could find employ-        District. It and Eagle Mountain    operated by the City of Fort
    Also, two men, Eugene          mud and silt making Bridge-          ment. Trucks were not even         Lake form the West Fork part       Worth. Its water comes from
Munn of Boyd and S.F. Lillard      port an unpleasant place to be.      allowed.                           of the water district . The wa-    release at Eagle Mountain.
of Bridgeport became inter-        Residents had to deal with a            Once the levee was fin-         ter from these lakes, flowing      Marine Creek Lake, on Fort
ested in reclaiming overflow       foul odor along with the mud.        ished, work began on clearing      through Lake Worth, supplied       Worth’s north side, was con-
lands near Boyd.                   There were also health con-          timber from the area between       all the raw water needed by the    structed and is owned by the
    According to C.L. McNair,      cerns, typhoid being the most        present day Runaway Bay            District until the 1970s.          District.
the first superintendent of the    feared, but no cases were re-
lake, Lillard knew the topog-      ported.
raphy of the Trinity River re-         Another flood in 1922
gion west of Bridgeport and        caused at least 37 deaths in Fort
believed it was an ideal basin
for a water storage reservoir
and discovered a good location
                                   Worth alone, prompting the
                                   city to create an organization
                                   that would work on flood con-
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County had no reservoir and        came the Water Improvement
Tarrant County, downstream         District.
had no flood plan.                     Enter Munn and Lillard.
    Despite the building of an     The two worked to sell the idea
earthen levee in 1914, the West    of a dam on the West Fork, four
Fork of the Trinity flooded Fort   miles west of Bridgeport, to the
Worth and Bridgeport more          Fort Worth members of the                 • Home Owners Insurance
than once causing millions of      Water Improvement District.
dollars in damage and numer-           In 1925 the proposed dam
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The flood that caused lake’s creation....
continued from page 5               made by Mr. Norris, requested     September 1931 and accepted       or 870,000 acre feet. The maxi-   million dollars.
dam. He immediately began           borings at the dam site to test   on December 15, 1931.             mum surface area is 17,000           *Eugene Munn was the
trying to interest the Fort Worth   foundation conditions.               The dam, 1850 feet in          acres. The water surface at       grandfather of Bridgeport resi-
organization (then an unincor-         After preliminary surveys      length and 110 feet in height,    spillway level is approximately   dent Bill, Donna, and Jerry
porated association) in build-      and geological tests, the State   creates a lake with a maximum     12,000 acres. The total cost of   Munn.
ing a dam on the West Fork of       Board of Water Engineers rec-     capacity of 285 billion gallons   the Bridgeport project was $2.6
the Trinity River, four miles       ommended the building of the
west of Bridgeport.                 Bridgeport dam.
    In the spring of 1925, Mr.         On July 29, 1927, plans
Lillard and Mr. Munn suc-           were adopted for flood control,
ceeded in getting a party to        which included Eagle Moun-
come to Bridgeport for inspec-      tain Dam and Bridgeport Dam.
tion of the dam site. The party        On October 7, 1927, the
consisted of Mr. Ireland Hamp-      question was submitted and
ton, attorney, John B. Hawley,      approved by voters as to issu-
engineer, W. E. Bideker, Direc-     ing bonds to provide money to
tor of the Water Improvement        construct the two dams.
District (which succeeded the          The contract for construc-
association that originated the     tion was awarded to the Trin-
project), John A. Norris, Chair-    ity Farm Construction Com-
man of the State Board of Wa-       pany, the McKenzie Construc-
ter Engineers, Mr. Lillard and      tion Company, and the Uvalde
Mr. Munn.                           Construction Company on
    The State Board of Water        January 23, 1930. The Bridge-     The core trench, where rock was excavated for the dam, was allowed to be placed on
Engineers, through inspection       port Dam was completed in         each slope and “puddled in with soil.”                           Photo by C.L. McNair




According to the information written on the back of the original photograph, “a man was killed on this part of the job. The shovel operator backed
the machine- the Caterpillar tracks catching the man’s feet. The victim was sitting beside the machine with feet behind him. The accident happened
a few minutes before midnight.”                                                                                                   Photo by C. L. McNair
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National Slalom champion Michelle Simpson
continued from page 48              school.                             before. But one of the main        and how she got the jumpstart      in her sport, they get excited.
- 2nd place                             “They have lakes built just     reasons was it’s location.         into the sport she now loves.         He also said the sport may
•1999 South Central Regional        for waterskiing and courses to          “They’re located in the            “I’ll never feel like I’m      be wavering in the United
Slalom Champion - Girls’ 3          practice on,” she said.             middle of Orlando which is         from anywhere but Bridgeport,      States, but overseas, it is a very
•1998 National’s - Girls’ 3 - 3rd       However, starting her prac-     sort of the center of all          Texas,” she said.                  big sport.
place Slalom                        tices on Lake Bridgeport gave       waterskiing,” she said.                According to her dad, fans        For more information or to
•1998 Junior Olympic Slalom         her an edge when she reached            Since moving to the South-     who attend the ski competi-        follow her touring schedule,
- 3rd place                         competitive levels.                 east coast, Simpson has also       tions think Bridgeport is as big   visit her Web site at
•1998 South Central Regional            “Lake Bridgeport is mas-        added several new sports to her    as Texas. He said when they        www.michellesimpson.com.
Slalom Champion - Girls’ 3          sive compared to what skiers        list of favorites–yoga, pilates    announce over the loudspeaker      Fans may also keep up with
•1998 South Central Regional        practice on here in Florida.        and surfing.                       that Michelle is from Bridge-      Michelle, and read some of her
Slalom Champion - Girls’ 2          Usually, practices here are held        And even though Orlando        port, Texas, and being that she    writings about her happenings
•IWSF tied 6th in the World         on small private lakes just for     is about an hour away from the     is such a high-ranking athlete     by logging on to her Web site.
(Womens’ Slalom)                    waterskiing,” she said.             beach, she now owns her own
•Elite Ranking 5th in the World         Her training at Lake            surfboard and enjoys her
   But it all began on Lake         Bridgeport also provided her        newfound sport whenever she
Bridgeport for the young            an opportunity to get accus-        gets a chance. But her favor-
hometown girl.                      tomed to tougher conditions as      ite all-time sport is still
   “My dad said I was about 4       a beginning skier.                  waterskiing.
when he got me out there [on            She had to learn to ski while       “It’s the same fun and I get
the water]. Both my mom and         sharing the waters with other       the same rush just from skiing
dad skied for fun. We would         boats, skiers and fishermen–a       in practices that I always have.
go out after church on Sundays      skill those that train on private   But with tournaments and big
and ski all day,” she said.         lakes don’t learn in the same       events, there’s just more pres-
   Until she reached the age of     way.                                sure now and more adrenaline
12, she continued to practice           When it was time to pick        because people know who you
close to home. Then, her fam-       out colleges, Simpson said she      are,” she said.
ily joined a waterski club in       chose Rollins because they of-          While she may be famous
Justin called Water Ski Haven,      fered waterskiing as a sport,       throughout the waterskiing
and she made daily trips with       and also because many of their      world, she never forgets to let
her family to practice after        students had won national titles    people know where she’s from             National Slalom champion Michelle Simpson
                                                                                                                                                                 2007 Lake Edition … Page 63

Fishing tournaments                                                                                                                                        FISH TOURNAMENT
                                                                                                                                                             MAY 1-2-3, 1936
by J.D. Clark                      ment fish for largemouth,                                                                                               BRIDGEPORT, TEXAS
    For those fishermen that       smallmouth, and Kentucky
enjoy a little competition, bass   spotted bass. The teams must        LAKE BRIDGEPORT                                                              You are cordially invited to attend
fishing tournaments are held at    abide by all state and local fish       Largest artificial lake in Texas, completed in 1931                 Bridgeport’s First Annual Fish Tournament
Wise County Park every             laws, including the five fish       at a cost $2,600,000. Located 4 miles west of                           to be held in the waters of Lake Bridgeport.
Thursday from April through        limit.                              Bridgeport, Wise County, Texas, state highways 24 adn                   Come on all you nim-rods and show us just
                                                                       114, most direct route from Lubbock to Savannah, Ga.,
October.                               The atmosphere of the tour-     and one of the main feeder roads from our great west                     what you can do with that old rod. Plenty
    The tournaments, which are     nament is casual. For example,      and northwest to Dallas and Ft. Worth.                                         of competition will be offered
usually called the “Working        whoever wins one week is in             Has a drainage area of 1000 square miles, maximum
Man’s Tournaments,” start at       charge of bringing the scales       storage capacity of 285 billion gallons or 850,000 acre                        Meet Your Fellow Fishermen at
                                   back to the tournament the next     feet, maximum surface area of 17,000 acres, normal
6:00 p.m. and usually last un-                                         area of 5,800 acres, length of dam 1,850 feet, height of
                                                                                                                                                         LAKE BRIDGEPORT
til 8:30 or 9:30 p.m.              week.                               dam 113 feet, shore line 150 miles and depth 90 feet.
    An average of 18 to 22             Additionally, Lake Bridge-          Fishing has been excellent for the past three years                 RULES OF CONTEST
boats usually compete in the       port is a popular destination for   for crappie, bass, cat, drum and perch. Come and spend
                                                                       the entire summer if you wish. You will find good                       1. All entrants must register at any Drug Store,
tournaments.                       many of the DFW fishing
                                                                       camping sites, good sand beach for bathing and boating.                 Cafe or Service Station in Bridgeport.
    A $25 entry fee is required    clubs. Mark Perry, a veteran        In fact, it is the best place of its kind in Texas to spend             2. Any one can enter. No registration fees.
for each team of two, and the      tournament fisher, said that the    a day, week or any length of time for an enjoyable                      3. All fish must be caught out of Lake Bridgeport.
100% payback for the winner        lake is a “hidden gem” for          outing.
                                                                                             SIZE OF TEXAS LAKES                               4. Decision of Judges to be final.
is based on the number of en-      smallmouth bass and also a
                                                                                  LAKE BRIDGEPORT - - 285 Billion Gallons                      5. Prizes to be awarded each day of contest at 5
tries received.                    good location to find hybrid                    Eagle Mountain Lake - - 200 Billion Gallons                 p. m. for the largest bass and crappie, on the streets
    Competitors in the tourna-     stripers.                                          Lake Kemp - - - - 167 Billion Gallons                    of Bridgeport.
                                                                                     Medina Lake - - - - 100 Billion Gallons
                                                                                       Lake Dallas - - - - 64 Billion Gallons                  6. Winner must consent to have photograph taken
                                                                                        Lake Worth - - - - 5 Billion Gallons                   of catch.
                                   To the right is a depiction of                         THE CITY OF BRIDGEPORT                               7. Fish to be judged by weight.
                                   an actual 1936 flyer of the                Population, 2,500; fine schools and churches, good streets,
                                   first fishing tournament on          municipal water and sewerage, coal mines, brick plant, dairying         CITIZENS OF BRIDGEPORT WELCOMES
                                                                       and live stock center of county, the county that has more cattle than
                                   Lake Bridgeport.                       any other in the state, according to 1933 Government Survey.
                                                                                                                                               YOU TO THEIR FIRST LAKE BRIDGEPORT
                                                                                          EVERYBODY IS WELCOME                                          FISH TOURNAMENT.




 SOMETIME IN 1945 OR
 46, (a revival was going
 on; Bro. Jimmy Morgan
 from For t Wor th was
 evangelist, and Bill
 Hutcheson was Lake Su-
 perintendent) these fish-
 erman were photograp-
 hed with their catch: Back-
 Earnest Jones, Stanley
 Caruthers, Homer Green,
 Otis Meek, Leeland
 Carthers, and Coleman
 Meek; Front: John Fer-
 guson, Pastor First Bap-
 tist Church, and Wilson
 Ray. Photo above, John
 Ferguson. The photos are
 in a collection assembled
 by Addie Ruth Green.

				
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