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Butterfield Mail Company’s route passed Col. Hunt’s
headquarters in what is now Lake Bridgeport
by Dr. Robert Marlett Francisco in 1858 on the first husks in the barn.’” miles south, became Vine- of Cundiff which, in its eleven
and Keith Bridwell westbound journey of the Next morning, Mr. yard.) The stage line, from a miles or so, uses more than two
February, 2010, will mark Butterfield, and riding directly Greene’s account tells that few miles above it, paralleled miles of the mail road.
the sesquicentennial of the first from Joseph B. Earhart’s sta- “passengers crossed the river modern U.S 380 into the “The passage is more than
bridging of the Trinity River at tion at Hog Eye Prairie, as the on ‘a slippery log’ while the Jacksboro station, south of the worth the extra mileage in-
a site that became the village area was called, inside Jack drivers, conductor and station town square. volved in traveling it. The
of Bridgeport, Texas. That County, “to Jacksborough, men carried the heavy mail “The 1858 Butterfield West Fork of the Trinity station
bridge was built to accommo- fording the West Fork of the bags over the same way. An- route, which had passed far was located on the north bank,
date the Overland Mail Trinity River about halfway other coach was waiting on the north of both Decatur and just east of where the present
Company’s route from the between the two stations. Bridgeport, followed a south- road crosses the West Fork.”
eastern railhead at Tipton, Mis- “In December, 1858, west course from the Earhart From Decatur to Bridgeport
souri, through Decatur, Bridge- a small station was es- station location on the the modern highway must fol-
port, Jacksboro and on to San tablished at this West banks of Big Sandy low the old mail road fairly
Francisco on the west coast. Fork crossing be- Creek, and it, closely.
This John Butterfield ven- cause frequent too, passes Mr. Greene continues, “Go-
ture was the first, and longest, flooding often through many ing south through town
transcontinental stage coach caused the roadless acres [Bridgeport], you come to a
route in the world. Although a river to be too laced by the marker telling about the toll
mail stagecoach route already high to ford, maze of West Fork bridge, built over the West
existed from San Antonio to so passen- (Trinity) bottoms. Fork of the Trinity in 1860, and
California, it did not connect gers and “But High- the site of the old town of
directly to eastern railroads as m a i l way 1810, Bridgeport, which occupied a
Butterfield’s route did. needed shel- while paved, meadow some 50 feet to the
The Wise County part of ter until the sticks close east of the river crossing. As
this great mail, freight and pas- water went enough to the the historical plaque states, the
senger route was constructed down. far bank to continue old roadway to wooden toll bridge fell in
primarily by local folks, led by “Albert D. the trip.” furnish the atmo- shortly after the Butterfield
Col. W.H. Hunt, who saw the Richardson, on September 28, “The 1860 stage route ran sphere of the run, going by ceased operating in 1861. The
benefits of this kind of com- 1859, arrived on the west- slightly north of Wizard Wells. Cundiff and Maryetta, four town moved over about a mile
merce for Wise County. bound stage at 1 a.m. and (It was originally named Vine- miles west. It’s a pleasant to the railroad when it built to
This road left the “bridged ‘found the West Trinity too yard for George Washington drive, but if you are bound to this point in 1893, despite the
port” and proceeded west for much swollen for fording. The Vineyard. When the Rock Is- drive over a stretch of the old fact a sturdy iron bridge had
about two miles. It ascended little station was full; so we land Railroad built through in trail, there is a gravel road off replaced the fallen wooden one
the hill that borders Lake slept refreshingly upon corn- 1898, another town, some two to the left less than a mile west in 1873.”
Bridgeport on its southeastern
side. This is probably where
FM 1658 turns from west to
north in the City of Lake
west approximately three hun-
dred yards down Twin Hills
Road, it then turned slightly
west and entered the valley
now inundated by Lake
It crossed Boon’s Creek and
passed near Col. Hunt’s ranch
headquarters. Next, it passed
between the hills that are now
called Rattlesnake and Horse
The road then ascended the
western side of the valley and
proceeded along a route that is
now Jim Ned Road, passing
through the northern part of
what became Wizard Wells, on
to Jacksboro and thence to San
A.C. Greene’s 900 Miles on
the Butterfield Trail described
Waterman L. Ormsby accom-
panying two small packages of
mail from St. Louis to San
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Texas Freshwater Fisheries
Center’s ShareLunker Program
by Whitney Bridwell Lake Fork in November. lels the increase in number and April 30 only) or (903)681- Call TPWD as soon as possible
Texas Freshwater Fisheries The name of the program quality of fish in Texas reser- 0550. with your name, where the fish
Center (TFFC) is headquarters was changed in 1993 to Share voirs. Fish have benefitted 1.) The program is limited is located, a telephone number
for the ShareLunker program, a Lunker, Inc. and it was from the program as well. to largemouth bass weighing where you can be reached and
which encourages anglers who merged with the Parks and When the program began, little 13 pounds or more. when and where you caught
have caught 13-pound plus Wildlife Foundation of Texas. was known about the proce- 2.) Entries are accepted the dish. Be sure to include
largemouth bass to lend or do- From 1996-2008, Anheuser dures needed to care for big October 1 - April 30. your area code when leaving a
nate the fish to TPWD for Busch was the official sponsor bass. Over time, better care has 3.) The fish must be legally message on the pager.
spawning purposes. and the name was changed to increased survival to the extent caught in Texas waters. 6.) A TPWD employee will
The ShareLunker program Budweiser ShareLunker Pro- that nearly all entry fish sur- 4.) Fish must be weighed on be solely responsible for ac-
can be traced back to the gram. vive to be used for spawning certified or legal-for-trade cepting a fish into the program
1950’s drought. The 10-year Since the inception of the or are returned to the wild. scales. Certified scales are based on the expectation that
dry spell brought the realiza- program, more than 400 large- More importantly, proper fish scales that have been certified the fish will be able to survive
tion to Texans that our popula- mouth bass have been donated handling techniques have been as accurate by the Texas De- and spawn. Fish held at Weigh
tion had outgrown the water from 55 public reservoirs and publicized as part of the pro- partment of Agriculture, the and Holding Stations are not
supply. Over the next two de- more than a dozen private gram so anglers are now able International Game Fish Asso- officially entered into the
cades, many reservoirs were lakes. to take better care of the fish ciation (IGFA) or a commer- ShareLunker program until
built in an attempt to keep up As the program grew, it be- they catch. cial scales calibration com- accepted by a TPWD represen-
with the demand. Texas had came obvious that the Tyler pany. tative.
only one natural lake - Caddo hatchery was inadequate, but How to Enter a Lunker 5.) Possession of the fish 7.) The angler must sign a
- and the northern, the native there was no state monety If your fish meets the re- must be transferred to a desig- release absolving all sponsors,
species of Texas bass, was available to build a new hatch- quirements listed below, call nated Texas Parks and Wildlife Texas Parks and Wildlife De-
adapted to living in streams. ery. It was decided to let cities TFFC’s toll-free, 24 hour pager Department representative partment, and Texas Parks and
Fish adapted to live in large bid to become the site and help at (888)784-0600 (October 1 - within 12 hours after capture. continued on page 20
lakes were needed to take ad- raise the money for it. Specifi-
vantage of the new reservoirs. cations called for the facility to
TPWD brought the first be built within 50 miles of
Florida strain largemouth bass Lake Fork, where the majority
to Texas in 1971, where they of large fish are caught. The
were housed at the Tyler Fish Athens community pledged
Hatchery (now closed). The more than $4 million to win the
first Florida strain bass were bidding for the site. The bal-
stocked into Texas waters the ance of the cost came from
following year. Over the next federal Sport Fish and Wildlife
several years bass from Restoration funds and dona-
Florida, California and Cuba tions. No state money was
were brought to Texas to im- used for construction.
prove the genetics of the Texas The Edwin L. Cox, Jr.,
bass population. Texas Freshwater Fisheries
As the Florida strain genes Center was built around the
worked their way into the bass ShareLunker Program. The
population, fish grew larger. In Visitor Center complex, in-
1980 a 14.1-pound bass broke cluding the Lunker Bunker,
the state record of 13.5 pounds was completed in 1996, and the
that had stood for 43 years. exterior hatchery ponds went
Time and time again, the into operation in 1998.
record was broken leading to The ShareLunker Program
the 18.18-pound fish caught in has been instrumental in illus-
1992. Interest in bass fishing trating the importance of catch-
burgeoned along with the size and-release fishing in the de-
of the fish. velopment of trophy large-
The ShareLunker program mouth bass fisheries. Data col-
(formerly called Operation lected by the program shows
Share a Lone Star Lunker) was that it takes 8-10 years for a
established in 1986 to promote bass to grow to 13-pound size.
catch-and-release of large fish Slot limits that protect large
and to selectively breed trophy fish have been proven effective
largemouth bass. The first fish in increasing the quality of Eleven year old Tre' Melton of Ponder, caught this Hybrid Striper weighing in at 10.5
entered into the program was fishing. pounds. It was certified a Hybrid by Game Warden Chris Dowdy and was entered in the
also a new state record, a The increasing popularity Texas Parks and Wildlife record book for Bridgeport. It was caught on Friday March 23,
17.67-pounder caught from of bass fishing in Texas paral- 2008. Photo submitted
2009 Lake Edition … Page 5
1 MAY 1-2-3, 1936
9 LAKE BRIDGEPORT
Largest artificial lake in Texas, completed in 1931
You are cordially invited to attend
Bridgeport’s First Annual Fish Tournament
4 at a cost $2,600,000. Located 4 miles west of
Bridgeport, Wise County, Texas, state highways 24 adn
114, most direct route from Lubbock to Savannah, Ga.,
to be held in the waters of Lake Bridgeport.
Come on all you nim-rods and show us just
5 and one of the main feeder roads from our great west
and northwest to Dallas and Ft. Worth.
Has a drainage area of 1000 square miles, maximum
what you can do with that old rod. Plenty
of competition will be offered
or storage capacity of 285 billion gallons or 850,000 acre
feet, maximum surface area of 17,000 acres, normal
Meet Your Fellow Fishermen at
area of 5,800 acres, length of dam 1,850 feet, height of
1 dam 113 feet, shore line 150 miles and depth 90 feet.
Fishing has been excellent for the past three years
for crappie, bass, cat, drum and perch. Come and spend
RULES OF CONTEST
9 the entire summer if you wish. You will find good
camping sites, good sand beach for bathing and boating.
In fact, it is the best place of its kind in Texas to spend
1. All entrants must register at any Drug Store,
Cafe or Service Station in Bridgeport.
2. Any one can enter. No registration fees.
4 a day, week or any length of time for an enjoyable
SIZE OF TEXAS LAKES
3. All fish must be caught out of Lake Bridgeport.
4. Decision of Judges to be final.
6 LAKE BRIDGEPORT - - 285 Billion Gallons
Eagle Mountain Lake - - 200 Billion Gallons
Lake Kemp - - - - 167 Billion Gallons
5. Prizes to be awarded each day of contest at 5
p. m. for the largest bass and crappie, on the streets
Medina Lake - - - - 100 Billion Gallons
Lake Dallas - - - - 64 Billion Gallons 6. Winner must consent to have photograph taken
To the right is a of catch.
depiction of an 7. Fish to be judged by weight.
THE CITY OF BRIDGEPORT
actual 1936 flyer Population, 2,500; fine schools and churches, good streets,
of the first fish- municipal water and sewerage, coal mines, brick plant, dairying CITIZENS OF BRIDGEPORT WELCOMES
ing tournament and live stock center of county, the county that has more cattle
YOU TO THEIR FIRST LAKE BRIDGEPORT
on Lake Bridge- than any other in the state, according to 1933 Government Survey.
SOMETIME IN 1945
OR 46, (a revival was
going on; Bro. Jimmy
Morgan from For t
Worth was evangelist,
and Bill Hutcheson
was Lake Superinten-
dent) these fisherman
with their catch: Back-
Earnest Jones, Stan-
ley Caruthers, Homer
Green, Otis Meek,
Leeland Car thers,
and Coleman Meek.
Front: John Fer-
guson, Pastor First
Baptist Church, and
Wilson Ray. Photo
above, John Fer-
The photos are in a
collection assembled by
Addie Ruth Green.
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2009 Fishing License and Fees
by Angela Dale Fair A variety of fishing pack- * Freshwater Package - $28 is $10 fishing package you will be
A valid fishing license ages are offered from which * Saltwater Package - $33 For non-residents fishing able to purchase a freshwater
with a freshwater or saltwater the public may select based on * All-Water Package - $38 licenses and fees are: stamp endorsement.
stamp endorsement is required the type of fishing (freshwater, * Senior Freshwater Package - * Freshwater Package - $55 Remember, you do not
to take fish, mussels, clams, saltwater, or both) and duration $11 * Saltwater Package - $60 need a fishing license/package
crayfish or other aquatic life in of license desired. * Senior Saltwater Package - * All-Water Package - $65 in the state of Texas if you:
the public waters of Texas. A License Year Fishing $16 * One-Day All-Water License * are under 17 years of age.
hunting license is required to Packages include a resident, * Senior All-Water Package - - $15 * were born before Sept. 1,
take turtles and frogs. senior resident, special resi- $21 Please note that if you own 1930.
The first Saturday in June dent, or non-resident fishing * Special Resident All-Water any valid freshwater fishing * certain individuals with de-
of each year is the annual Free license valid from the date of License (for legally blind) - $6 package, you will be able to velopmental disabilities, as
Fishing Day and no person is sale to Aug. 31, 2009 and ei- * Year-from-Purchase All-Wa- purchase a saltwater stamp en- defined by Texas Parks and
required to have a fishing li- ther a freshwater stamp en- ter Package - $45 dorsement, and conversely, if Wildlife Code Sec. 46.002.
cense or stamp endorsements dorsement, a saltwater stamp * One-Day All-Water License you own any valid saltwater
while fishing on that day. endorsement with a red drum
A fishing license and tag, or both stamp endorse-
stamp endorsement are not re- ments valid for the same time
quired if fishing from the bank period.
in a state park or in waters
completely enclosed by a state
Senior Resident Fishing
Packages are available to any
Island names still remain a mystery
park. All other fishing regula- Texas resident who is at least by Staff ling Islands are linked to the cated on the island, and work-
tions, such as length and bag 65 years of age and was born Horse, steele, stripling and main roadway by a causeway. ers continue to find rattle-
limits, remain in effect. on or after Sept. 1, 1930. The rattlesnake–these words may “I have no idea how they snakes around the land.
Recreational anglers must packages include a senior resi- seem mismatched and jumbled got their names,” said Richard The naming of Horse Island
have a Texas fishing license dent fishing license and either and may not mean much to Ellis of the Tarrant Regional has not been made known as
and saltwater endorsement to a freshwater stamp endorse- many, but for those living near Water District. of yet, and the word “strip-
bring any fish taken in federal ment, a saltwater endorsement Lake Bridgeport, those words He guesses that the islands ling,” found in the Webster’s
waters ashore in Texas (see with a red drum tag, or both de- take on a whole new meaning. were probably named in the Dictionary means, means an
Texas State Waters – Federal pending on the package se- While the lake has nine is- 1920s and 1930s while the lake adolescent, youth or young
Waters). lected. lands located on their property, was being built. one.
Resident Fishing Licenses Special Resident All-Wa- the four largest and most well- Rattlesnake Island probably Unless new information
Required of any resident ter Fishing License is available known ones are Rattlesnake Is- got its name from its inhabit- surfaces, the stories behind
who fishes in the public waters to any Texas resident who is le- land, Stripling Island, Horse ants, according to Ellis. these curious names will re-
of Texas. gally blind. Stamp endorse- Island and Steele Island. Gas and oil wells are lo- main a mystery.
A resident fishing license ments are not required for this Both Rattlesnake and Strip-
is included in all Super Com- license. One red drum tag shall
bination and Combination be available at no additional
packages (including Texas
Resident Active Duty Mili-
One-Day All-Water Fish-
“Today is your reward
tary), the Lifetime Resident
Combination and Lifetime
Resident Fishing licenses, and
ing License includes resident
or non-resident fishing license
valid for the selected day or
for being safe yesterday.”
the various resident fishing days purchased. Stamp en-
packages offered by the De- dorsements are not required for
partment. A resident who holds this license. Consecutive days
one of these licenses/packages may be bought at the time of
is not required to purchase a purchase. One red drum tag
separate resident fishing li- (Item 598) shall be available at
cense. no additional charge with the
Non-Resident Fishing Li- purchase of the first one-day
censes are required of all non- license only.
residents who fish in the pub- Year-from-Purchase All-
lic waters of Texas. Licenses/ Water Fishing Package (avail-
Packages are not required if able only to Texas residents)
you are a: includes a resident fishing li-
cense, a freshwater stamp en-
* non-resident under 17 years dorsement and a saltwater
of age; stamp endorsement with a red
* Louisiana resident 65 years drum tag, all valid from the
of age or older who possesses date of purchase through the
a valid Louisiana Recreational end of the purchase month of
Fishing License (includes Se- the next license year.
nior Fish/Hunt License); or The 2008-2009 Fishing Li-
* Oklahoma resident 64 years censes and Fees for Texas resi-
of age or older. dents are:
856 FM 2952 • Chico • 940-644-2759
2009 Lake Edition … Page 7
From the soft and silly times to the
down and dirty, The Community Bank
is there alongside you.
Community banking involves mixing a variety of every-
thing that makes a town a home - festivals and parades,
banquets and baseball games, automobile and real estate
loans, and providing a safe haven for your money.
We have a passion for those facets of life which make
Bridgeport and western Wise County “home” to so many
If you’ve already been to our new permanent banking
home on Highway 380, you know how professional we
are and how we make you feel welcome. If you haven’t
stopped by yet, please let us show you how “down home”
507 U.S. Highway 380 • BRIDGEPORT
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Gunplay was also part of history of
building of Lake Bridgeport Dam
The following is an account foreigners. day. Sometimes it was only a in town on a certain night and The attackers disappeared
by W.E. Hembree of what was The tense situation grew as very small sandwich to each to stay where they would be as quickly and as silently as
called the Battle of Mount the days went by and a group member of the family. Coffee seen by all of the public. At that they had come But in their
Horeb which occurred during of the local citizens surrounded or hot chocolate was an un- time that was not hard to do be- wake they had not only left
the building of the dam at Lake Mr. Leamon and his body known item on most anyone’s cause all stores stayed open broken windows and one of the
Bridgeport. guard one day in the Frost daily menu. until midnight. The leaders Leamon faction wounded by a
In 1930 the construction of Drug store. The discussion was The Leamon factions were obeyed the instructions. pistol shot from a 38 caliber,
the dam at Lake Bridgeport very heated and threats were housed up in the old Mount On the set date about 9 p.m. they had created an interna-
was started by Trinity Farms expressed by several different Horeb school house. The build- the Leamon camp was thrown tional incident. Mexican na-
and Uvalde Construction Com- ones including Mr. Leamon ing being vacant and the school into a turmoil, the first shot had tionals were in danger and had
panies as the prime contractors. and his guard. had been consolidated with the been fired into the Leamon been fired upon by unknown
There were several subcontrac- The prime reason why a Bridgeport Independent Camp. For the next thirty min- parties.
tors for various parts. Among thing like this would happen School system. There were utes some 200 shots had been The Wise County Sheriff
them was the Leamon Clear- was that people were in need some 30 or 40 workers in the fired into the Leamon com- was called. Sheriff George
ing Contractors. of food and clothing. Some Leamon gang. A few of the lo- pound, and equal amount had Young and one of his deputies,
Mr. Leamon being from the who were on the hiring line cal people were hired by Mr. been fired from the Leamon Marvin Roach, answered the
Rio Grande Valley area each morning asking and beg- Leamon, he paid $3 per day for faction. call. When Sheriff Young ar-
brought his crew of workers ging for a job were only eating clearing brush and trees from The attacking forces rived about an hour later, men
with him, most of whom were one meal a day. The members the lake basin. seemed to be only three people were running everywhere and
of Mexican nationality. This of the family would stay in bed A few days after the discus- as only three types of bullets shooting at the least possible
did not meet with the approval most of the morning while the sion between the group of lo- could be detected. One was a noise. It was indeed a risk to
of the local citizens and much bread winner went to look for cal citizens and Mr. Leamon 39 caliber, probably of German be among them. At a later date
talk was spread as to what was a job. When he returned they and his body guard, the two make. A 33 rifle and a shot gun Young told me that he felt that
to be done about placing the lo- all would gather at the noon leaders of the local citizens using one ounce balls, prob- he was a very small force to
cal people in these jobs held by meal for their only meal of that were given instructions to stay ably from a 12 gauge shot gun. continued on page 51
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And now, a stringer full of raw facts
Think you know everything Rattlesnake Island and Strip- The maximum depth of the particular, heavily populate the Keith Jones at 940/644-1910.
there is to know about Lake ling Island linked by a cause- lake is 85 feet and can be found area surrounding Lake Bridge- If you plan to boat and fish
Bridgeport? Well, here are way to the mainland. Accord- at the north end of the dam. port. Whitetail deer, coyotes, while at the lake, there are 8
some well known, and not so ing to Richard Ellis of the The lake and surrounding and bobcats are some of the marinas open to the public that
well known, facts about Wise Tarrant Regional Water Dis- lands are teeming with wildlife other animals a lucky boater or are situated at various sites
County’s most popular destina- trict, you can still find rattle- other than fish. The skies are camper may have the chance around the lake.
tion. snakes on Rattlesnake Island, heavy with ducks of various to see. So you now have a run-
According to the Tarrant hence the name. “It’s my as- varieties, geese, pelicans, wa- If you are thinking about a down on the cold hard facts of
Regional Water District, Lake sumption that they have been ter turkeys, and, on occasion, camping trip to the lake, Wise Lake Bridgeport. However, if
Bridgeport is twenty miles there awhile,” he said wryly. a bald eagle. Wild turkeys have County park is the place to go. you require more information,
long, with 170 miles of shore- Over the years, Lake made a strong comeback in the The only campsite open to the you may look it up on the
line surrounding the lake. The Bridgeport has become one of area during the last decade as public, it has 19 RV hookups Tarrant Regional Water District
have many animals that had with both 30 and 50 amps. For website at http://www.trwd.
dwindled in numbers over the more information on Wise com.
years. Raccoons and beaver, in County Park, you may contact
Four easy steps to filleting fish
There is 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 thro- along the spine to the rib bones, then at the tail and cut-
ugh 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.
surface area, in acres, of the the finest fishing lakes in North
reservoir is 12,900, covering Texas. The lake is frequently
land in both Wise and Jack stocked by the Tarrant Re-
Counties. Green Elm bridge in gional Water District with
Jack County marks the west- Florida Largemouth Bass, Hy-
ern boundary of the lake. brid Striped Bass, and Chan-
Nine tributaries - Coal Bed nel Catfish, Crappie, Yellow
Creek, Willow Creek, Boon’s Catfish, Small Mouth Bass,
Creek, Hunt Creek, Jasper Sand Bass, Carp, Drum and
Creek, Bean’s Creek, West Perch are also plentiful in the
Fork Trinity River, Big Creek, lake and do not require stock-
and Venchoner Creek, feed into ing. One of the reasons for ex-
the reservoir. The large amount cellent fishing on the lake is the
of creeks and rivers in the area mild climate and temperatures
was one of the reasons why the of the water. The average tem-
area was chosen for the flood perature of the water during the
control dam. winter is a relatively mild 40
There are also nine islands degrees while 80 degrees is the
in Lake Bridgeport, with average summer temperature. Lakefoto by Jo Gilbreath
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Wise Eyes Crime Watch program provides
neighborhood watch around the lake
by Staff all kinds of information when mation goes to participants
For the people who live law enforcement officials need such as neighborhood groups,
around the lake, and are con- assistance from citizens. Those businesses, and other individu-
cerned about safety in their situations may include burglar- als who are registered with the
neighborhoods, there is a pro- ies, thefts, scams, drug inves- program.
gram called " Wise Eyes." tigations, other criminal activ- “Wise County is growing at
“When the citizens of Wise ity and any other public safety an astronomical pace, which
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 field worker, pilot, utility com-
Sheriff Phil Ryan. The found- how to identify and report sus- pany, rock truck driver or
ing sponsor for the program is picious activities, according to postal carrier.”
Devon Energy. the Wise Eyes brochure. Training is available for
Initially, the program began When there is a need, law neighborhood groups and busi-
to help law enforcement offic- enforcement officers can enlist nesses. Anyone wanting to start
ers with child abduction cases, the help of citizens. Wise Eyes a new group, or get involved
and was meant to help get im- is designed to get the informa- in an existing group should
portant information out imme- tion to the public and those contact Sergeant Debbie
diately, as the first three hours who can assist with passing the Denney at the Wise County Lakefoto by J.D. Clark
when a child is missing are the information along to others Sheriff’s Department at (940)
most critical. who need to be aware of the 627-5971 e-mail the Wise
Since then, the program has situation as soon as possible by County Sheriff’s Office at
expanded a great deal to cover using e-mail or fax. That infor- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Century 21 Sue Ann Denton, Inc.
Jane Kasner - Top Producer
Let me show you why I love Lake Bridgeport. My family and I have been enjoying the lake each summer for over
40 years. With my years of experience in real estate and first hand knowledge of the lake and area, I can assist
sellers in marketing their property to its fullest potential and make sure buyers find their perfect lake home. I
want to be your realtor and I know Wise County Real Estate.
940-683-3080 Jane Kasner
940-627-3080 940-393-2114 (cell)
Sue Ann Denton, Inc.
2009 Lake Edition … Page 11
Many Web sites offer more information about lake
by Staff about Lake Bridgeport’s More information is to be site. Enter “Lake Bridgeport,” To learn about the City of
If you have a little time, and Sportsman’s Association, and learned about Bridgeport Con- and find out more. Lake Bridgeport, log on to
you want to learn even more find many other links that ference Center by logging on At www.co.wise.tx.us, you wwwcityoflakebridgeport.com.
about Lake Bridgeport, you could be helpful, including a to www.bridgeportcamp.com. can learn more about Wise If all that isn’t enough in-
can get online for information. link to the Bridgeport Histori- To learn about a visitor’s County, which is where most formation for you about Lake
Many Web sites exist that cal Society. guide online, log on to of Lake Bridgeport is located. Bridgeport, there are some ran-
can link you to information The Texas Parks and Wild- www.lake-bridgeport.com. To learn more about the Tar- dom blogs out there; just
about Lake Bridgeport. The life Web site has a link to Lake Fishing information can be rant County Water District, log search the Internet, and you
following Web sites can lead Bridgeport and Wise County found by logging on to on to www.trwd.com. There may come across them.
you to more information about Park at www.tpwd.state.tx.us. www.texassportfishing.com. you can find facts about lake When you’re done reading
the topics in which you may There you can learn about of- At that Web site, you will find levels, more history on the about the lake, it will still be
wish to learn, or just a place to ficial facts about the lake, and a “Google” search engine that lake, and other educational top- there waiting on you to get
visit for the fun of it. the state park. searches just the sport fishing ics about Lake Bridgeport. your feet wet in its waters.
The Lake Bridgeport Web
site is within reach at
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
Sand Flat Volunteer Fire De-
partment, read unofficial Lake
Bridgeport news, find out
‘Quality Healthcare for the Whole Family’
• Evening &
• Drug Screening
• DOT Physicals
• Full-Service Lab
• Workers Comp.
• Bone Density
• Digital X-Rays
WET & WILD
Front row from left: Jon Copeland, D.O., P.A. - Family Practice
WATER SPORTS and Denise Casper, D.O. - Family Practice. Back row from
If boating is not
your idea of an excit- left: Rusty Tanner, P.A.-C; Jose DeLeon, P.A.-S.; Scott Stowers,
ing day out on the D.O. - General & Bariatric Surgery; Chris Hansen, P.A.-C; and
water, try your hand David A. Ray, D.O., P.A.
at any number of
other water activities
of varying levels of
difficulty. Some ideas
to choose from in-
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clude: white water BRIDGEPORT
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canoeing — paddle
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First Lake Superintendent, C. L. McNair,
tells of flood that caused lake’s creation
(Note: C.L. McNair, the Mr. K. Roby, Engineers, gave
first 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 64 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
2009 Lake Edition … Page 13
EMERGENCY BIRTHING MAMMOGRAPHY SURGERY PHYSICAL RADIOLOGY
DEPARTMENT CENTER THERAPY
Being the new hospital in Bridgeport and western Wise County is exciting for us, and we
hope for you. Our location gives you the opportunity for quality medical care close to home,
and we honor all insurance programs.
New specialty fields like those shown above are being added regularly in the interest of
addressing all your health and wellness needs. Additional specialists are coming on board,
and the new medical office building is nearing completion.
We take pride in being “YOUR PARTNER IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS.”
1905 Doctors’ Hospital Drive • BRIDGEPORT • Phone 940/683-0300
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Wise County Park, haven
of outdoor recreation
by J.D. Clark Because of recent boat ramps, a small
For years, Wise County improvements, there are now playground, a vaulted concrete
Park has been a popular fire rings and grills at every restroom facility, and three
destination for people visiting camp table. pavilions.
Lake Bridgeport, and for good According to County One pavilion features
reason. Director of Public Works Tom running water, its own
The 180-acre park features Goode, those are not the only bathroom, electricity, and an
24 RV (recreational vehicle) places available for camping. RV hook-up and can be rented
hookups and 34 campsites. Visitors of the park may “rough for $50. The other two
The RV hookups cost $20 camp” in other locations, pavilions, according to Goode,
per day and may be reserved meaning that the spots are not are “concrete slabs with a roof”
by contacting Park Director in designated camp sites with and can be rented for $20 each.
Keith Jones at (940) 644-1910. fire pits or tables. The swimming area is
Campsites cost $5 per tent or To those that visit Wise roped off and has large orange
vehicle and, according to County Park frequently, its buoys for safety, and the old
Jones, operate on a “first come, progress in recent years is bathrooms have been
first serve” basis. immediately noticeable. “Ever refurbished. There are also
The only campsites not since I’ve been here,” Goode new tops on all of the older
available for overnight use are said, “we’ve tried to make the campsites.
the four in front of the park more family-friendly.” A walking trail is now
swimming area. These sites are In addition to the overnight available for those wanting to
for day-use only. spaces, the park features two continued on page 31 Lakefoto by J.D. Clark
Lakefoto by Francine West
2009 Lake Edition … Page 15
Lakefoto by Francine West
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Keep your boat on the water instead of at the pump
Recreational activities on can make meaningful improve- The engine continues to per- or weak compression will not It doesn't take much effort
the water offer a good time. ments in your boat's fuel form extremely well and I've only perform poorly, but waste to save a bundle on fuel. It's as
You can spend more time on economy. For instance, numer- had no out-of-pocket expenses your precious fuel as well. easy as upgrading your oil,
the water, spend less money ous independent studies have due to mechanical break down. These are common problems if keeping your engine and prop
and make fewer trips to the gas documented that Royal Purple The lower unit also contains your boat sits all winter or for tuned, and hunting down dis-
pump by following these quick motor oil improves fuel your product and has no appar- long periods of time. counts.
and easy tips. economy by as much as 5 per- ent wear," says Dwight
Get a group discount: cent or more. Its ability to re-
Tannehill, Pro Bass Fisherman.
Groups like Boat U.S. duce friction and improve seal- Royal Purple also lasts
(www.BoatUS.com) offer ing also increase horsepower longer than leading synthetic
member discounts on marine and torque, while reducing and conventional motor oils, so
supplies, including fuel. You heat, wear and emissions. you can safely extend your oil
can save up to 10 cents per "I've used your products forchange intervals keeping addi-
gallon at more than 825 par- years and have saved a lot of tional dollars in your pocket.
ticipating marinas around the money on fuel. I have a 1995 The company makes both two-
country. Suzuki outboard with over cycle and four-cycle high per-
Upgrade your motor oil: 4000 hours. Compression formance motor oil. You can
High performance motor oil checks have shown no wear. find out more by visiting
Fishing and Boating Tune your prop and your
engine: Did you know you
could lose up to 5 mph of boat
speed with a poorly tuned
• rod holders prop? That translates into as
• waders and wading accesso- much as a 10 percent loss in
ries fuel economy. Check your
• fishing kites owner's manual or consult your
• pushpoles and holders local repair shop to find the
• scales and measurement de- right range for your engine,
vices and pick a prop that gets you
• cast, landing and nets where you are going.
• flashlight and lights Taking care of your engine Lakefoto by Francine West
• line winders and keeping it in tune is an-
• reel covers other great way to save fuel. An
• soaps and hand cleaners engine with contaminated
• downriggers plugs, dirty air filter, irregular
• gaffs and tagsticks timing, a sputtering carburetor,
• maps and charts
• rod belts and harnesses
• sunscreen and skincare prod-
WITH THE RIGHT SUP- ucts
PLIES, you can dive right
into recreational boating • anchors, docks and mooring The “Wise” Choice
and fishing fun. accessories
• charts and navigational aids
Boating or catching some • batteries and chargers
fish for the first time with fam- • cleaning and maintenance
ily, friends or solo this season?
Don’t dive in uneducated. This • engine parts and accessories
primer will tell you everything • jack plates and engine lifts
you need to know to make a • outriggers
splash: • purification and filtration
FISHING • environmental products
• automobile accessories
• paddles and oars Conveniently serving the Lake Bridgeport area from our
• carryalls • rocket launchers
• binoculars and visual aids
• bait containers
• chairs and seats • coolers 1709 9th St. • Suite 101 • Bridgeport • 940-683-3581
• fish storage bags and sealers • galley and grills
• hook sharpeners • marine hardware or from our
• ropes, lines and cords
• insect repellent
• knives, sharpeners and acces- • personal flotation devices Decatur office at
sories • covers and canvas 405 Park West Court • Decatur • 940-627-3581
• markers and buoys • safety and lighting products
• rod carriers and storage • instruments and gauges
• tools and maintenance sup- • pumps and accessories
plies • seats and cushions For more information visit www.wisetitle.com
• carpets and flooring
2009 Lake Edition … Page 17
Bridgeport Conference Center ideal for multiple events
by J.D. Clark During its peak season, the spaces available at the camp. A variety of camp sessions The facilities can also be
The Bridgeport Conference camp employs approximately The cabins available at the usually entertain over 2,000 rented by members of the com-
Center (BCC) on FM 2952 oc- 35 people. camp are Lakeside Lodges, children and young adults each munity for parties and “all
cupies a prime spot on Lake Each decade has seen im- Hilltop Doubles, and Hilltop summer. Between May 27 and types of events.”
Bridgeport. The conference provements, growth, and reno- Dorms. Up to five different August 16, college camps, For more information at the
center is part of the camping vation at the camp. Notable groups can be accomodated at SEEK camps, music and arts BCC or to rent spaces, contact
and retreat ministry of the improvements in recent years one time, and food service is caps, childrens’ camps, junior Burk at 940-683-2555. The
North Texas Conference of the include the new water mains, available to those using the high camps, and senior high center also is online at
United Methodist Church. a new swimming pool, a mas- camp. camps will be held. www.bridgeportcamp.com.
The camp was developed sive ropes course, and the
when the North Texas Annual Lakeside Lodges, which ex-
Methodist Conference ac- panded the camp’s bed space
cepted a gift of 142 acres of by approximately 50 places.
land from the citizens of There are several impres-
Bridgeport in 1947. After that, sive buildings available for use
a massive capital funds cam- at the BCC.
paign began, and monetary The Kiker Building, com-
gifts flowed in from across plete with cooking, dining, and
North Texas, ultimately result- conference facilities, was once
ing in the BCC. The camp of- the main building in the camp
ficially opened on August 16, until Martin Hall was built in
1949, with 128 intermediates 1964. Martin Hall is a large
and adult counselors in atten- building that can seat 250 for
dance. meals and other large group
Caleb Burk, who began meetings. Its large rear win-
working at the camp in Febru- dows look out over a large
ary 2007, is the director of wooden cross and outdoor am-
guest services. phitheater, with a lake back-
Trueman Hoffmeister, the ground.
executive director of the camp, Folsom Center is located at
just joined the team in Novem- the edge of the lake and pro-
ber of 2008. He has 18 years vides wide, beautiful views of
experience working with Lake Bridgeport. The center
camps and conferences for the contains a fireplace pit, a bal-
YMCA, and is excited to make cony, a downstairs seating
the transition to BCCC. He area, and kitchen facilities. It Chico High School graduates Steven Gassiot (left) and Jordan Karch face the chal-
moved from North Carolina is considered to be an ideal spot lenges that the BCC’s ropes course poses. Lakefoto by J.D. Clark
where he managed an 2,160 for meetings and retreats. Ad-
acre YMCA camp that he ditionally, the pool facility is
BRIDGEPORT CAMP &
helped develop and build from located next to Folsom.
the ground up. There are 270 overnight
United Methodist Church
A NON-PROFIT RETREAT CENTER
“WE CAN HELP WITH YOUR MEETING, RETREAT,
OR BANQUET NEEDS!”
The entrance to the Bridgeport Conference Center (BCC) Fax (940)683-3085
is located on FM 2952, alongside Lake Bridgeport. It is a
popular site for church retreats as well as meetings and
other gatherings. Lakefoto by J.D. Clark
P.O. BOX 215, 3280 FM 2952
BRIDGEPORT, TX 76426
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Twin Hills Restaurant was a staple
on the lake that no longer exists
by Staff was sold for the same price it
Golden fried catfish, corn- was sold for when the restau-
bread hush-puppies, beans, and rant opened in 1978.
green tomato relish were “We had a packed house,”
staples at Twin Hills Restau- she said.
rant and Marina. However, Bilby smiled as she remem-
Connie Bilby made the restau- bered some of the good times
rant known for her homemade at the restaurant, but when she
desserts, especially the bread began to think and speak about
pudding with rum sauce. the fire, her face grew somber.
She served up her special- “I haven’t been back down
ties for 25 years in the Twin there since the first week of the
Hills Restaurant and Marina, fire,” she said, admitting that
since 1981. the loss of the restaurant broke
Bilby will no longer serve her heart.
those desserts, or catfish, or She had spent a lifetime
shrimp, or anything else for collecting unique decorations
that matter, because Twin Hills for the restaurant.
restaurant, a staple to Lake “I had a collection of bird
Bridgeport, burned down in nests,” she said.
December of 2006, in an act of She said she felt the most
arson. stand-out decoration of the res-
In May 2007, Jesse Warren taurant was the entry-way
Cahill was arrested for alleg- where a canvas boat from up- An early morning fire completely destroyed the landmark Twin Hills Restaurant on the
edly setting fire to the restau- state New York had adorned east shore of Lake Bridgeport Tuesday while owners Rollins and Connie Bilby were
rant. the space. She had many inter- out-of-state. Wise County Emergency Management Corrdinator Paul Cunningham was
Bilby said she and her hus- esting decorations in the res- still on the scene late Tuesday morning, attempting to isolate the cause.
band, Rollins, would not re- taurant that could not be re- - photo courtesy Greg Raven of Plantation, Florida, while on Christmas vacation at the home of his
build the restaurant, as there placed, such as a dried hornets parents, Royce and Peggy Raven of Lake Bridgeport
was no insurance on the build- nest.
ing, a place where she dedi- “I put anything in there that
cated her life. I thought would be of interest,”
“It gave me a sense of pur- she said.
pose,” said Connie Bilby. The most important aspect
Now, her memories are of the restaurant for Bilby was
gone, but when she spoke of the cleanliness. She said with
them, she remembered her cus- a degree in home economics,
tomers’ memories also. she knew how important food
“They got to be more than safety was, not just to her but
just customers,” she said. to the customers, also.
Bilby said many people had “I thought that was the most
their rehearsal dinners, birth- important thing,” she said.
days, anniversaries, and other She said when she began
special occasion dinners at she started in the kitchen mak-
Twin Hills. Plus, she said, she ing sure everything was
saw many families raise their cooked and served properly.
children, and then those By the last summer the res-
children’s children, throughout taurant was open, Connie
the years. Bilby had become a staple of
When the lake was up, Twin Hills Restaurant in the
boats and other water travellers front, too.
could actually dock their wa- At the time of the fire, re-
tercraft at the base of the res- ports said no one was hurt in
taurant, and go inside to dine. the fire at the Twin Hills res-
Bilby served only beer, but taurant. While no one sustained Michael Read
customers were allowed to a physical injury, it was obvi-
bring their own wine and liquor ous Bilby hurt emotionally. P.O. Box 1155 • Bridgeport, Texas
in, but it couldn’t be served by
She said not to worry,
though. She’s ready to move 940-683-4226
In 2003, Twin Hills cel-
ebrated its 25th anniversary.
on, and find something new in
her life. She’s ready to write the
According to Bilby, catfish next chapter of her life.
2009 Lake Edition. . .Page 19
Crucial Lessons About Life Jackets
When an emergency strikes a visible color. Child-size life nance of your life jacket can remember that heat damages
dew odor or signs of shirking.
on water, a life jacket can make jackets list the weight range help it last for years.
Test the jacket in water again life jackets. That’s why you
the difference between life and geared for the jacket and After a day of boating, let
to make sure it still floats. If it shouldn’t leave it aboard a boat
death. That’s why you want to should feature a crotch strap, your jacket dry thoroughly in
failed any of these tests, throw in the sun when the boat is not
be sure you have the right life an oversized float collar and a your jacket away. a well-ventilated place before in use. Also, don’t dry your life
jacket onboard — preferably grab loop to pull the child out putting it away. If you were in jacket in a dryer, on a radiator,
one for each member of your of water. CARE AND MAINTENANCE salt water, rinse the jacket thor- heater or other heat source,
boating party. For all ages, a life jacket Proper care and mainte- oughly with fresh water. Also which can damage it.
should fit snugly but comfort-
SELECTING A JACKET ably when all straps, zippers
When you’re dealing with and ties are fastened. Test the
water, fashion or price
Share fishing skills
jacket on land and on water. If
shouldn’t factor into your life you raise your arms over your
jacket decision. Choose your head, the life jacket should stay
life jacket based on what you in place. Have someone lift the
will be doing in the water as jacket up by the shoulders; it
well as the water con-
ditions. Life jackets vary in
shape, color and material —
just make sure you get one
that’s suited for you.
should stay in place. If you can,
test the jacket in a pool or in
shallow water prior to use on
open water. Relax your body
and tilt your head back. Your
with your children
Too much Nintendo? Sum- fishing equipment, like a rod- source near your home where
The label on the jacket will chin should be above water and and-reel combination which you know there are some fish
indicate if it’s designed for mer boredom? “Nothing to
you should be able to breathe do,” the typical remark com- can be obtained at your local such as catfish or crappie.
your weight, and the proper easily. Another water test is to sporting goods outlet or bait When fishing with kids,
uses for its level of durability. ing from your youngster in the
jump into a pool feet first from summer? and tackle store. Add a bobber, keep it simple. Long casts are
Following are common types a platform the same height as some small hooks, split shot, not necessary. Let the young-
of life jackets: Take them fishing!
your boat. The life jacket Summer is a great time to and a can of worms. The whole ster do all the casting and reel-
Type One: It’s designed for should not pop off over your bill won’t top $20, and you’ll ing. Make it a fun learning ex-
open, rough waters, or where take a kid fishing and share an
head. Once you find one that’ s outdoor activity that can be find it is the best money you perience with or without catch-
it may be hard to be rescued. suitable, put your name on it ever spent. ing any fish.
While it’s bulky, it provides the especially easy, fun, and inex-
so you wear one that is sized pensive. Then head for a pond,
best flotation and turns most just for you. stream, lake, or other water
unconscious wearers from a All you need is some basic
face-down position to a face- INSPECTION
up position. It usually comes Twice a year, re-inspect all
in a visible color and in a few jackets. Make sure children
different sizes. still fit into theirs — children
Type Two: It’s geared for grow fast so their jackets will
calm or inland waters, making need to be replaced often. In-
it the proper choice for boat- spect jackets for tears, holes,
ing or fishing. It’s used in wa- deterioration or ripped seams.
ters where there is a good Patch any small holes, but re-
chance of a fast rescue. Type place the jacket if they are large
Two jackets are more comfort- enough for water to seep in.
able than Type Ones, but they Buckles and zips should fasten
cannot be relied upon to turn easily. There should be no mil-
unconscious wearers to a face-
up position consistently. As a
result, they are not good for
long hours in rough water.
Type Three: This jacket is
designed for calm waters
where there is a good chance
of a fast rescue. It’s the most
comfortable type of life jacket
available in many styles, mak-
ing it good for general boating
or the activity marked on the
label. It’s not recommended for
rough waters since the
wearer’s head can be covered
by waves where the jacket can-
not provide adequate flotation.
Select a life jacket that is U.S.
Coast Guard approved (which
means it has endured intense
testing), properly sized and in
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ShareLunker Program. . .
continued from page 4 erything is ready before the 12 hours, sooner if possible. 2425 S. US 83, Zapata, Texas US 90, Del Rio, Texas
Wildlife Department employ- fish is removed from the trans- 10.) To request pickup of a (956)236-6015. (830)719-9907.
ees of any liability resulting port container, weighing time ShareLunker (largemouth bass Falcon State Park, Falcon - Sam Rayburn Reservoir -
from the loss or death of the can be less than one minute. 13 pounds or over, legally Heights, Texas , (956)844- Jackson Hill Park Marina,
fish. 7.) It is best to sedate the caught in Texas waters be- 3426. 1705 FM 2851, Broaddus,
At the end of spawning sea- fish in the transport container tween October 1 and April 30), - Lake Amistad - Texas, 75929, (936)872-9266.
son, the ShareLunker will be before weighing or taking pic- call (903)681-0550 or page Angler’s Lodge, 8969 W.
returned to the angler for live tures. Marinas and bait shops (888)784-0600 and leave a
release, or the angler may do- can supply the recommended number, including area code.
nate it permanently to the pro- chemicals. Wet your hands be-
gram. Either way, the angler fore handling the fish. Lift the Every effort is made to retrieve
receives a fiberglass replica of fish from the water vertically a big bass within 12 hours of Fishing
the catch made by Lake Fork
by clamping your thumb on the
bottom lip. To raise the fish
being caught. However, Texas
is a large state and occasion-
on Lake Bridgeport
clothing, and recognition at an into a horizontal position, sup- ally there is more than 1 People may fish anywhere on Lake Bridgeport
annual awards banquet held at port the fish’s weight by plac- Lunker waiting to be picked except the upstream portion of the dam, near the
TFFC. In addition, the Texas ing your off-hand under the up. To keep those big bass spillway.
resident catching the largest fish just behind the anal fin. healthy, TPWD is working The lake has several kinds of fish, including bass,
entry of the season is awarded This method should be used if with local fishing businesses crappie, channel cat, perch and others. The Texas
a lifetime fishing license. the fish is not sedated. Don’t and tackle shops to provide Department of Fish and Wildlife often restock the
roll back the lip in an effort to temporary holding stations for fishing supply.
Tips for proper care and paralyze the fish. This can anglers who wish to donate fish A fishing license is required for people 17
handling of Lunker Bass damage the lower jaw and to the program. or older.
1.) Land the fish as quickly hinder or prevent the fish from A list of holding stations is
as possible. Playing a fish to feeding after being released. provided below. Stations are
exhaustion diminishes its The fish should not be out of needed at other lakes. Any
chances of survival. the water longer than 30 sec- business interested in becom-
2.) If possible, refrain from onds. Persons taking pictures ing an official ShareLunker
using a dip net that has a mesh should have their cameras Weigh and Holding Station
larger than an inch and/or is not ready before the fish is re- should contact David
a smooth mesh. When using a moved from the holding con- Campbell at (903)670-2230.
net, always make sure it is wet tainer. Holding the fish out of - Falcon Lake -
before it touches the fish. the water two to three minutes, Robert’s Fish n’ Tackle,
3.) Avoid excessive han- or holding it in a plastic bag
dling or dropping of the fish without proper aeration, causes
while removing the hook. The stress that can damage the eyes
fish will benefit from remain-
ing in water (boat livewell or
or cause a bacterial and/or fun-
gal infection. Such damage We care about you and making
a large cooler filled with wa-
ter) while the hook is removed
could cause mortality even
several weeks later. Note that
your dreams come true!
with needlenosed pliers. Hold stress is increased by extremes
the fish vertically by the lower in temperatures and/or windy
lip while it is in the water so weather conditions.
that the total weight of the fish 8.) Ideal water temperature
doesn’t rest on the lower jaw. for holding fish is 55 to 75 de- We Care...
4.) Take the fish to a ma- grees Fahrenheit, and the wa-
rina or closest certified scales
as soon as possible. Transport
ter temperature should not be
changed more than five or six
the fish in a properly aerated degrees per hour. If water is
livewell or a large cooler aerated and treated with bac- & Personable
equipped with an aerator. terial/fungal retardant, low
5.) Before removing the water temperature may not be
fish from the transport con- crucial.
tainer, have the certified scales 9.) Call Texas Parks and Tana
ready for weighing. Try to ar- Wildlife Department as soon as
range to hold the fish in the possible with your name,
mariina’s minnow vat after it where the fish is located, a tele-
is weighed. phone number where you can
6.) To reduce stress when be reached and when and
removing the fish from the where you caught the fish. Be
transport container for weigh- sure to include your area code
ing, move the fish as close as when leaving a message on the
possible to the scales and hold- pager. Every attempt will be www.tanahomes.com
ing vat before removal. If ev- made to collect the fish within
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“Off 380 Players” celebration of 10th theatrical
by Joann Pritchard and Detour production, with teers that are passionate about needed with the actors'
“Is that a band, or what?” more to come in upcoming sea- making Off 380 Players truly makeup.
The Off 380 Players are cel- sons,” he said. “We encourage ‘your road to theatre fun.’” Once the set is constructed
ebrating their 10th season of anyone who would like to get The Players welcome par- and the actors know where
theatrical performances, hear- involved to feel free to contact ticipation by anyone interested they are supposed to be at all
ing less and less often such us at 940-575-4548 or visit our in any aspect of theatre, times, the Light and Sound
questions as the above as more website for more information onstage or off. Call 575-4548. Crew starts to work. During
and more people become at www.off380players.org.” Experience within the performances the crew has to
aware of their productions. Coming up for the 08-09 group varies from professional watch and listen closely and be
After knocking about from season are the musical “Sub- to strictly amateur. Stan Baker ready to bring lights up and
venue to venue since present- urb” and the summer youth of Chico, past president, prom- down and execute sound ef-
ing “Everybody Loves ised to find a fects at the exact moment they
Opal” at the Runaway Bay job (non-paid, are needed. The crew has to be
Community Church, the that is) for any- prepared to improvise in case
community theatre group is one interested an actor forgets a line or
now at home at the Bridge- in participat- changes the script.
port Stage. Renovation of ing. A Backstage Crew moves
Bridgeport’s old Arcadia Charlotte furniture and props between
Theater is a story in itself; Keefe, found- scenes; pulls curtains, helps
just say that now, the Play- ing past presi- actors with costumes, etc.
ers and their audience can dent of the The Front of the House
enjoy their surroundings as group, has takes care of the audience, sell-
well as their shows. Of listed talents ing tickets and handing out
course, ambition has not and skills per- programs. Volunteers serve re-
faltered, and Players presi- taining to pro- freshments during intermis-
dent Justin Prestidge notes sion.
that “We would be open to After the final performance,
discussing naming rights” it's time to strike the set. Ev-
with anyone interested in erything is taken down, put
donating $400,000- away and the stage is cleaned.
$500,000 for a theatre. "The imaginary world that
“Back in 2000, Off 380 took six weeks to create van-
Players was founded by a ishes within a few hours,"
group of individuals that Keefe said. "Live theatre must
wanted to bring an afford- have actors, but as you can tell,
able version of live theatre it must have the help, talent,
to Wise County,” Prestidge skill, and willingness of many,
said. “Nearly 10 years later, many people."
Off 380 Players has accom- Stan Baker lists facts de-
plished this goal and grown bunking myths concerning the
as a result. From our humble camp. Check website for dates duction. troupe.
beginnings of audiences sitting to be announced. A Play Selection Commit- It is a myth, he notes, that
in folding chairs and following The Players will add Thurs- tee "reads lots and lots and lots "only individuals who can act
our productions site to site, to day performances during the of plays," then recommends are involved in Off 380." Act-
last year’s musical production 2009-2010 season, with “Play five plays for consideration by ing ability is not necessary nor
of “Always...Patsy Cline” On” set for September 17-20, the board of directors, who required.
where over 1,000 area resi- 24-27; “Dearly Beloved” No- pick three plays for production. The myth that only creative
dents came to see this wonder- vember 12-15, 19-22; Holiday A Director plans staging, people join theatre groups re-
ful production, we continue to show December 12, with pos- auditions, actors, and then, of quires definition: Baker says
offer quality entertainment to sible additional perform- course, directs. that "Everyone is creative --
the surrounding communities ance(s); “Arsenic and Old The director works with the community theatre helps
at a family-friendly price.” Lace” February 18-21-, 25-28; crew (the Off 380 Roadies) people find their creative
The 2008-09 season has and “Nunsense” April 29-May who build the sets, find the niche."
broken attendance as well as 2, May 6-9. Evening perfor- props, etc. As for theatre requiring too
participation records, Prestidge mances are at 7:30 p.m.; mati- People with carpenter skills much time, Baker stresses that
said. The May 2009 production nees 2:30. are welcomed when it comes "We want you to be involved
of “Annie Get Your Gun” will “We sincerely thank our time to build sets. as much as you have time for -
feature a cast of 40-plus, not supporters,” Prestidge said. "Most of the time the set - a tiny bit or a whole lot!" Only
to mention technical crew, he “Without support from our au- needs to be painted," Ms Keefe outgoing, gregarious people
said. “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” diences and area businesses we said. "If you can make big get involved in the theatre? Not
drew more than 400 patrons would not be able to accom- strokes with a paintbrush, we so, Baker says. "People with
and broke records for a non- plish the goals we set over ten can use you." every type of personality are
musical production. “Off 380 years ago. While we still have The Props Manager enlists involved. We love diversity."
Players has grown from per- a long way to go to reach some friends to find the props, stage Myth: You have to know
forming three productions a of these, I feel that Off 380 furniture, and anything needed something about the theatre to
year, to this year doing seven, Players has a strong group of to "dress" the stage. Costumes get involved. Fact: "Wrong --
including the summer youth individuals on our board, and have to be found or made, and you can learn along with the
production, Christmas show, many, many wonderful volun- during performances, help is rest of us!"
2009 Lake Edition … Page 23
Lakefoto by Shelley Moore
Legends abound about Devil’s Den treasure
by Rosemary Bridwell off through the years and left the canyon still runs most of was buried there during an In- his home in Devil’s Den in the
For rugged beauty and high cliffs that drop straight the year. The water, ice cold dian raid before the end of the old days may have stashed
promise of adventure, Devil’s down. in summer and warm in win- Civil War. away another treasure in gold
Den has a reputation that According to legend, ter, was one of the benefits the A rock found near the lake coins in one of the canyon’s
reaches over a hundred years Devil’s Den has been the hid- location offered as a camp- in 1937 by Trammell and his many caves.
into the past. ing place of army deserters and ground for Indians. brothers is marked with strange According to legend, the
The nearly mile-long can- notorious outlaws, and a camp- Slick limestone deposits carvings that Trammell still old hermit kept a herd of sheep
yon has drawn rattlesnake ground for various Indian glaze the spring bed. believes point the way to the and never left the canyon. A
hunters, history buffs, the hard tribes. That was in the day Chief Jim Ned, Wise location of the gold treasure, if Chico doctor, who went
and the curious to lake Bridge- when natural caves abounded County’s most famous Indian, somebody could interpret the through the Den on his way to
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 Wizard Wells, carried supplies
to draw sailors to their destruc- canyon. den and gone on raiding par- carved into one corner of the to the hermit and treated him
tion. In recent years, rock slides ties from there. Trammell be- rock that has since been bro- when he was sick.
Devil’s Den, now a part of have covered the entrance to lieves the chief was buried ken off. The remainder of the The hermit would disappear
the Sid Richardson Scout the caves, and even longtime there and later removed to an rock may still be seen at the into one of the caves and would
Ranch, is on the west side of Devil’s Den explorer Bennie Oklahoma burial ground. general store at the Scout return with the doctor’s pay in
Lake Bridgeport. Trammell of Bridgeport can no Stories have persisted over Ranch. gold coins. Speculation was
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 that the old man was hiding out
of the Ash Ranch, Devil’s Den the caves he knew so well. site of Wise County’s largest knows, the treasure has never from the law and that the gold
was caused by a geological The spring that fed a stream buried treasure. Legend has it been found. was from a hold-up.
fault where rocks have fallen running most of the length of that $200,000 in gold coins A hermit said to have made
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2009 Lake Edition … Page 25
Fishing tips and recipes
by J.D. Clark where: in front of the dam, near In the summer, the TPWD
One of Wise County’s fa- Rattlesnake Island in open wa- suggests using jig and pig,
vorite pasttimes is to spend a ter, and around submerged spoons, Texas rigged worms, Spicy Roasted Pepper Tartar
lazy, peaceful day fishing on gravel piles. For these loca- and crankbaits. Sauce
Lake Bridgeport. tions, the TPWD recommends In the fall, baits, spinners,
According to the Texas baits such as surface lures, and jigs that mimic crawfish Ingredients
Parks and Wildlife Depart- plastic shad, small spoons, jigs, should be used in the muddy 1 cup Mayonnaise
ment, the most predominant and live minnows or shad. and shallow water. The TPWD 1/4 cup Roasted red bell pepper
fish in the lake are white and Hybrid striped bass are at- site on Lake Bridgeport says, Pureed 1 tablespoon jalapeños
hybrid striped bass; crappie; tracted to similar areas and “Roll a spinner bait, bump a Diced 1 teaspoon lemon juice
channel catfish; largemouth baits. In the winter, hybrid bass crankbait, or dabble a Texas 1/2 teaspoon tabasco sauce
bass; smallmouth bass; and can be found feeding on shad rigged worm over one of the 1-1/2 teaspoon parsley, chopped
sunfish. and attracting the attention of submerged gravel humps and
In fact, the TPWD reports many sea gulls. you better be holding to some- Directions
that the populations of the The black bass found in thing solid.” Whisk together all ingredients until well blended. Place
white and hybrid striped bass Lake Bridgeport include large- To visit the TPWD’s Lake in a covered container and refrigerate until needed.
and the crappie are “excellent,” mouth, spotted, and small- Bridgeport site, go to http://
while the other four popula- mouth bass. The TPWD ad- w w w. t p w d . s t a t e . t x . u s /
tions are “good.” vises that the fish can be caught fishboat/fish/recreational/ Lemon-Dill Tartar Sauce
According to the TPWD, “almost year round” but adds lakes/bridgeport/.
“(w)hite bass fishing is best that spring and fall yield the For those readers who plan Ingredients
during the spring spawning best results. to catch the fish but aren’t sure 1-1/2 cup Mayonnaise
run.” During this time, main- For trophy fish, try the what to do with them, enjoy 1 teaspoon dill pickle
lake points and inflowing months of February and these recipes from local resi- minced 1 teaspoon capers
tributaries are good producers March. Effective spring baits dents to create a genuine fish 1 tablespoon lemon juice
of crappie. include a Carolina Rig worm fry meal. 1 tablespoon dill weed (fresh)
In the summer, white bass or 6-inch lizard, a 7-inch Texas 2 teaspoons parsley, chopped
are likely to be found any- rigged worm, and crankbaits. 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
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Opening April 2009
- the completely remodeled ONE STOP OF TEXAS!
We proudly announce the re-opening of
the completely remodeled and improved
ONE STOP OF TEXAS - the Shopping
Oasis of Lake Bridgeport!
You will find a dining area to serve quality
breakfast and lunch items, and a well-
stocked meat market including all your fa-
vorites - sausages, chicken, beef cuts and
Of course, all your favorite cold bever-
ages will be on hand - beer, wines and cool-
ers - but you’ll also enjoy shopping in a
clean, brightly-lit and non-smoking environ-
ment for the grocery items you need. YOU’VE RELIED ON ONE STOP FOR YEARS to supply qual-
ity meats at affordable prices. We’ve expanded those offer-
Clean indoor restrooms await you, and ings, and have added FRESH, NEVER-FROZEN SEAFOODS
your favorite boating and automotive fuels, flown to you from the Gulf Coast.
oils and accessories are available.
You’ll find a clean, well-stocked and up-
lifting store to entice you to return again
and again. We hope you’ll accept the of-
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2009 Lake Edition … Page 27
Consider construction, fit and finish to
ensure that you purchase a quality boat
The first day of any boat Cobalt boats have a stainless down quicker and fail more forget to examine the bimini. then let the salesperson know
show is the same wherever you steel scuff plate, right where often. The hardware should Frail, thin, tube aluminum with you are interested, but ask for
go. Every salesperson you pass the nose hits the front of the have high-grade stainless ma- straps and snaps rarely last some time to consider this in-
grabs your arm, claiming to trailer. terial of 316 grade. Quality more than a couple years, es- vestment. Get him or her to
have the perfect boat. Some- Next, walk around to the manufacturers like Cobalt al- pecially when you are trailer commit to holding a price for
where amid all the ruckus is the stern, if possible. It should be ways use thick, sandwiched boating. Look for a strong, you. Then, go home, relax and
voice of reason and sensibility, a solid composite plug or at aluminum plates to prevent stainless steel bimini system of do your research. Ask friends
telling you to look beyond the least a fully encapsulated ma- fasteners from pulling out. the kind offered by Cobalt or colleagues who own boats
beauty and carefully consider rine-grade wood. (Ask the Start opening hatches and Boats. for advice. You can also search
the construction, the fit and fin- salesperson.) Are the graphics checking out the interiors. The Before you leave, check the online for information about
ish — factors which point to a applied to the hull by tape or hatches should be smooth and engine spaces. Are they neat? construction, warranty and ser-
quality boat. Beauty is impor- are they part of the finish? If catch-free. Interior spaces Can you get to the oil, belts and vice before you settle on a pur-
tant, but be realistic — you taped on, they will eventually should be well-ventilated and other fluids easily? Remember, chase.
want a boat that will offer years become damaged or fade. drained. Seat cushions should you’ll have to service the bat- Remember, all boats look
of enjoyment and a solid resale If you feel good about the be comfortable and securely tery, hydraulic pump, oil, flame pretty on the outside at boat
value. outside, step inside and start attached to the boat, especially arrestor, power steering, belts shows. But quality boats can be
As you approach a booth, lifting and pulling on things. Is in the front where the wind can and more during the life of the identified if you just take the
look around. Is the staff atten- the floor solid? Some builders, take you away as you travel to boat. time to look beyond their
tive, well-groomed and sincere like Cobalt, are using Nidacore your favorite location. Don’t If all these things check out, beauty and into their inside.
or are they grabbing people out flooring to reduce noise and
of the aisle and putting on a eliminate the need for wood,
show to get your attention? Do which has never been friendly
they ask questions about what to life on the water. Check out
you’re looking for or do they the dash. Is it made of plastic
simply run through a laundry that will weather in a year or
list of features they think are two or of a more permanent
important to you? material like powder-coated
When you look at a boat, aluminum? All wiring should
move to where the sides can be be neat, fully wrapped and sup-
seen against the light. You ported frequently in the run.
should see a smooth exterior The circuits should be pro-
with no dips, humps or print- tected by breakers, not fuses,
through. What are the through and offer the weather-protected Lakefoto by Francine West
hulls made from? Quality convenience of toggle switches
builders use stainless steel in- over rocker switches.
stead of chrome-plated brass or Grab the windshield at its
plastic, which can wear more longest side and see if it moves
easily. If the boat is primarily when you push or pull. Are the
trailerable, how is the bow pro- supports at the walk-through
tected? Most boats do not of- solid, stainless or tubular? Tu-
fer bow protection. However, bular supports tend to break
Lakefoto by Keith Bridwell
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Lake residents protected
by local fire departments
by J.D. Clark assistant chief. of multiple successful grants.
Our county’s recent Marcus Lambert is the The department also received
devastating grass fires have president, with Scottie Ford as a $56,800 FEMA grant for
reminded area residents of the vice president. Amy Schex- more equipment.
importance of volunteer fire nayder is the department’s Although the department
departments. secretary, and Ronnie Kleam does not currently have an
Residents along the lake serves as treasurer. annual fundraiser, it is active
have three departments Max Moore is the public in the Wise County Toy Run
(Runaway Bay, Lake relations officer and chaplain, and the Lake Bridgeport
Bridgeport, and Sand Flat) while Jason Paradise serves as Clean-up.
keeping watch over the area. first captain and Gary The Sand Flat Community
The Runaway Bay Schexnayder serves as second Volunteer Fire Department has
Volunteer Fire Department was captain. been active since 2002.
founded in 1969 by J.W. According to Garrett, the A list of the department’s
Hadaway. department recently added a officers could not be obtained
Today, the department falls 21-foot rescure boat, the result by press time.
under the City’s Department of
Public Safety, headed up by
Director Drew Paschall. The
fire department’s chief is
Jimmy White, and the assistant
chief and fire marshal is Brian
Walt Warner is the
president, and Roger Hyham
serves as the vice president and
chaplain. Melissa Bennett is
The Lake Bridgeport Fire The explosive device which Paul Walsh found in Lake East Bay Estates resident Paul Walsh holds a World War
Department currently has 16 Bridgeport was described by Dr. Robert Marlett as one II-vintage explosive device which he found on an island
active firefighters. which was dropped from Corsair fighter planes during created when the level of Lake Bridgeport dropped by more
Willie Garrett serves as the World War II. The explosive used is believed to have been than 15 feet. - Indexfoto
department’s chief, and dynamite. - Indexfoto
Tommy Johnson serves as
2009 Lake Edition … Page 29
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. Reproduction photograph taken with permission by Jo Gilbreath
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. imagine 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
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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 hotter than hell” at 108 degrees. 1944, Funk had drawn a map of
Sometimes, the most Funk was sometimes very the lake. However, on one area
interesting historical accounts are specific with his notes on the he wrote, “Bean lost $2.00 here,”
buried in places that most people weather. A good example is on in a reference to George Bean, one
would never think of. June 9, 1949, when he wrote that of his crew men.
Take, for example, the it was “moderately windy” from In June of 1952, Funk was
notebooks of Owen Funk. Funk the south-southeast. doing work at the park at the
was a Wise County surveyor who In that same year, Funk and his Bridgeport Lake Beach, a public
spent a great deal of time working crew battled high temperatures in swimming and recreation area
at Lake Bridgeport in the 1930s July. On July 19, Funk recorded that no longer exists. Funk’s
and 1940s. the temperature as “fair and hot” diagrams indicate that the park
Funk’s notebooks are now the at 102 degrees. The next day, it included a dancefloor and
property of Tommy Edwards was up to 104 degrees, and up to restrooms.
Surveyors in Decatur. 106 degrees on July 21. It In this section of his notebook,
Amidst his technical surveying remained about the same (at 105 Funk noted that a boy with the last
jargon, Funk peppered his notes degrees) on July 22. name of Hankins drowned at the
with colorful comments on On July 25, Funk and his crew park on June 15, 1952.
different events encountered began working at 5:50 a.m. when There are also some interesting
during his surveys. It often feels the temperature was still at 95 observations on wildlife. On
more like a journal than a degrees. The following day, April 1, 1931, Funk said a
professional notebook. however, they didn’t begin rattlesnake was killed after it bit
For example, on his entry from working until 6:00 p.m. a worker named Bingham on the
December 16, 1949, Funk noted It is evident that some of boot. Funk, however, also noted
that the weather was “cold as Funk’s notes were made simply there was no flesh wound.
hell.” because they interested him, not On June 21, 1951, Funk noted
The opposite can be found on because they pertained to his that a rattlesnake was killed that
his August 17, 1956, entry when business. was 44 inches long and had ten
he noted the weather was “fair and For example, on October 12, continued on page 49
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2009 Lake Edition … Page 31
Wise County Park, haven of outdoor recreation
continued from page 14 attracting “a lot of fisherman trailers, and someone is usually Texas Parks and Wildlife jurisdiction of Goode.
take a healthy stroll. at the end of March.” unloading some type of Department to Wise County in Goode’s budget pays the
According to Goode, the trail, Bass clubs hold tourn- watercraft off the boat ramps 2002. Although Jones is salary of Jones, and the
which opened in 2006, is a aments regularly, and the Texas at any given moment. director of the park, it is camping fees go toward the
little over one mile in length Parks and Wildlife Department Families can be seen ultimately under the park’s maintenance.
one way, meaning that, round hosts a children’s fishing roasting hot dogs and erecting
trip, it’s over a two-mile walk. tournament on the first tents, while swimmers splash
Rest stops are available Saturday in June at the park. around in the water. Some
along the trail. It is not unusual to witness patrons of the park decide to
Jones said the peak season a variety of activities taking toss a fishing line into the non-
for Wise County Park begins place at the park. On an swimming areas and hope to
in May and “will build all the average day during the peak snag the next big catch.
way through the summer.” He season, the parking lot is full Ownership of Wise County
also noted that the park begins of trucks pulling empty boat Park was turned over from the
Jet Skiers, others require preservers
All people riding any kind of personal water craft, such as wind surfs, aquaplanes,
jet skis, or other similar crafts, must wear a coast guard approved life preserver.
People of all ages, not just children under 12, riding these water craft must wear
Further, no one under 12 may operate a water craft unless accompanied by some-
one over 16.
Lakefoto by Francine West
Lakefoto by Shelley Moore
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Guide fishing on Lake Bridgeport
by Angela Dale Fair place for you. water to drink. Crappie or even Carp and Buf-
If you are looking for a For those who think guide The amazing time you will falo, you will experience a
beautiful place to spend the trips are for beginners only, have while out on beautiful great day of fishing on Lake
day fishing, come on over to think again. They can also Lake Bridgeport will provide Bridgeport.
Lake Bridgeport and have the bring new life to those die-hard you with a lifetime of stories For more information on
time of your life on a guided fishermen who for one reason to tell about how you wrestled how you can hire your own
fishing trip. or another have hit a dry patch. in “the big one!” personal fishing guide to ex-
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Safety Tips for Skiers We really want to
For the number of partici- which may be required in your
pants in the nation, nearly 16
million, water skiing is remark-
ably a safe sport considering
• The skier should always
wear a USCG approved Type
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the action. III flotation jacket no matter
The reason for this is the how well he can swim.
observance by most boaters • Never use alcoholic bev-
and skiers to common-sense erages or drugs that may in-
rules of safety. duce sleepiness when skiing or
It starts with having good boating.
communications between the • Never ski double with dif-
boat driver, the skier and the ferent rope lengths. If the skier
observer in the boat who’s on the long rope falls, the line
watching the skier. can entangle the skier on the
Here are some additional short rope.
tips: • When landing, always
• Know the waters in which come in parallel to the shore.
you’re skiing to avoid any Your speed over the water is
shoals, stumps, posts that may deceptive and the risk of injury
be unseen just beneath the is greater when the skier comes
water’s surface. directly onto the beach after
• Never water ski at night he’s whipped away from the
or in a fog. towboat.
• Stay clear of solid objects
such as buoys, abutments, and
other boats and the like.
• Know the ability of the
boat driver and go over the
If you’re new to Wise County
hand signals you’ll be using to
communicate before you get
on the water.
But the place looks familiar,
• Keep a reasonable dis- Maybe you’ve been seeing some of our exports.
tance from fishermen, swim-
mers and other skiers when
• Know the state and local
laws regarding water skiing
Building on our
and the extra safety items
Bridgeport • 940-683-4277
2009 Lake Edition … Page 33
Playing it safe on all personal watercrafts
The advertisements are al- the little protection they offer. tors Web site www.nasbla.org. you’ll probably fall off). Wear boating apply to a PWC — al-
luring: Skim along the water These small boats are highly If you are thinking of buy- the engine stop safety lanyard ways keep to the right and
with water brushing your legs maneuverable, and even the ing a PWC, be sure to check if one is included. The Coast avoid other crafts.
and the scenery flying by. Per- most experienced mariners can out the PWIA (www.pwia.org) Guard also recommends carry- •Operate the PWC at a safe
sonal watercrafts (PWC), be lured into trying dangerous for general regulation informa- ing flares for riding on the speed. Always be able
sometimes called by their com- stunts. Also, the size of a PWC tion, and read reviews of what- ocean. In 1999, a Florida to stop your craft and
mercial names of Jet Skis or makes it particularly attractive ever craft you’re planning on couple spent 18 hours floating remain in control of it.
Waverunners, are more popu- to kids and teens. All of these getting (www.watercraftnews at sea because they cut their •Do not drink alcohol or use
lar than ever. According to the factors make it a high-risk wa- .com) to compare features. engine and couldn’t restart it. drugs before operating
Personal Watercraft Industry ter sport. When taking your PWC out They had no way to signal to a PWC.
Association (PWIA), approxi- Still, the number of acci- on the water, be sure to have the people on shore that they A large percentage of acci-
mately 80,000 PWCs are sold dents on PWCs have actually the proper safety equipment. were in trouble. dents are a result of the rider
in the United States each year, decreased in the last few years. PWIA recommends that all rid- PWIA also gives these rec- being under the influence. Al-
and an estimated one million Several states have enacted ers wear a life jacket, regard- ommendations for riding cohol reduces your ability to
of these vehicles are currently laws to prevent accidents, such less of whether required by law safely: make good judgments and
in operation. Small, sleek and as minimum age requirements or not. Also, have a map of the • Avoid other boats. quick decisions.
cheaper than a motorboat, per- for riding PWCs, ranging from waters you plan to navigate, • Stay in sight of shore.
sonal watercrafts give their 10 to 16, and also require chil- and have a working knowledge Avoid congested areas, but
owners an affordable and eas- dren under a certain age to ride of the PWC operation manual keep a safe proximity to land.
ily transportable way to go out with an adult. Also, most states (you should especially know • Know right-of-way rules.
to sea. require that all PWC riders reboarding procedures — The same guidelines for
However, according to the wear a life jacket. There are
U.S. Coast Guard, 71 people speed restrictions, minimum
died and more than 1,300 were distance requirements and al-
injured in personal watercraft cohol laws. The PWC itself is
accidents in 2002. This statis- regulated as well — most now
tic makes PWCs the second- come with a “kill switch” that
most dangerous water vehicle automatically stops the craft if
behind open motor boats. The its rider falls off. To learn the
Coast Guard notes that PWCs regulations in your state, visit
can be hazardous because of the National Association of
the high speeds they reach and State Boating Law Administra-
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Public Boat Ramps
1. Wise County Park
2. Dam Site (F.M. 1658)
3. U.S. 380 Bridge
4. Runaway Bay Marina
5. One Stop of Texas
6. Jack County Recreation Area
7. Sunset Bay
8. Lakevue Estates
10. Sunset Shores
12. Twin Hills
13. Wizzard Bay Estates
14. East Bay Estates
15. Lake House Estates
16. Bay Landing
17. Cimmaron Bay Estates
18. Hideaway Bay
19. Cozy Cove
20. El Lago
21. Blocker’s Slough
22. Jackson Ranch
23. Wilderness Lakes
24. Bridgeport Camp and Conference
25. Twin Hills Store
26. Bayview Center
27. Harbor Inn Resort and Restaurant
28. The Club at Runaway Bay
29. B & M Marina
2009 Lake Edition … Page 35
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Richard Ellis, superintendent and overseer
of the TRWD office at Lake Bridgeport
put it into perspective,” Ellis drought and growth in the lo- 1/2 feet. In March of 2007, the
said–is 325,851 gallons of wa- cal area. lake levels were down by 17.5
ter. According to Ellis, the dis- feet.
“Every year the amount of trict also has several utility “You just need to remem-
water sent to Fort Worth var- contracts with Wise County ber to use caution,” he warned.
ies contingently upon de- Power as well as with area sand The TRWD also sponsors
mand,” he said. and gravel companies includ- an annual clean-up day at the
In 2005, the district used all ing TXI, Hanson and Trinity at lake. This year’s event will
100 percent of their allotment, Big Sandy. take place on Saturday, April
but usually each year, only 60 For a few years, the Wise 12.
to 80 percent is used. County area has been under a For more information, con-
The reason the entire drought and because of the lack tact the district’s Lake Bridge-
amount was dispersed was due of rain, in March of 2006, the port office at 940/683-2349.
to the previous year’s extended lake levels were down by 11
by Staff full-time employees at each
The Tarrant Regional Water reservoir to monitor the area all
District (TRWD), whose main the time.
purpose is to monitor water Ellis lives across the street
supply and flood control, has from the district’s office and
four area reservoirs that it considers the interaction be-
monitors closely, with Lake tween local homeowners to be
Bridgeport being its third larg- a benefit in his position.
est. “The best part of my job is
Stretching across ten North coming in contact with shore-
Texas counties, the reservoirs line residents,” he said.
in its area also include Lake Bridgeport covers 170 Pictured above are Angela, Doris, and Robert Lee Ware III, taking a stroll under the
Richland Chambers, Cedar miles of shoreline and houses Runaway Bay Bridge in the early 1980’s during a major drought.
Creek and Eagle Mountain. five marinas. Area communi- Photo contributed by Doris Ware
Formed in 1924, the TRWD ties served include Bridgeport,
serves more than 30 customers Runaway Bay, Chico, Decatur,
across Metroplex, including and the town of Lake Bridge-
the Fort Worth and Arlington port. Residents throughout the
areas and the Trinity River Au- county enjoy utilizing the lake
thority of 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 Wa-
its top priority. ter Co-op and Walnut Creek–
Richard Ellis has served as serving Springtown and areas
the superintendent and over- in between– are the five major
seer of the TRWD office at municipal customers of the
Lake Bridgeport since 1995. lake.
“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/ flood water is released, it is
Azle area, he joined the TRWD dispersed to Eagle Mountain
staff nearly 37 years ago when Lake by way of the West Fork
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 The Kaker Agency LLP
“It was a place to work. I the area for drinking water. Tressa Kaker Parsons • Carl K. Kaker
didn’t necessarily go to school Each calendar year, the dis- Christi Anderson
for this; I just worked my way trict can send approximately 1104 Stevens • Bridgeport • 940-683-2621
up,” he said. 78,000 acre feet of water to
The district employs two Fort Worth. One acre foot–‘to
2009 Lake Edition … Page 37
Catfish weighs in at 54 pounds, could be a new record
by Angela Dale Parks and Wildlife is 45 lbs.
Now this is a fish! and I am When asked about the bait
sure that is exactly what Run- used, he confessed that a fish-
away Bay resident Jim ing acquaintance gave him the
Henegar was thinking as he winning recipe. Henegar states
reeled in this “heck of a catch.” “it is a mixture of wheaties,
Henegar explained that he oatmeal, strawberry kool-aid,
was just fishing off his dock and red soda. This isn’t the
behind his home when some- complete recipe but when you
thing massive hit his 12-lb. test get it all mixed up, boy does it
line attached to his rod and reel. stink!
After weighing himself and Henegar also mentioned
then adding the fish, the differ- that it took over an hour to reel
ence between the two was 54 this thing in, and suddenly re-
lbs. That’s right, a 54 lb. cat- alized, he is probably going to
fish. At press time, the current be sore tomorrow.
record recorded by the Texas
Now that’s a BIG FISH!
Foto contributed Jim Henegar caught this catfish-beauty, weighing in at approximately 54 lbs. He said it
was caught on a rod and reel with 12-lb. test line right from his dock in Runaway Bay.
Can somebody say, Hushpuppies? Foto contributed
FACTS about Lake Bridgeport-
• 3 miles wide • 8 miles long • maximum depth of 85 feet • average depth of 29 feet • 70 miles of shoreline •
12,900 surface acres at conservation pool level • 836 feet above sea level • 851 feet maximum flood elevation
• 844.53 feet highest level in May, 1990; second highest level was 839.57 feet in 1989; third highest was
838.84 feet in 1982 • lowest level was 779.8 feet in 1956; second lowest level was 784.0 feet in 1957; third
lowest was 787.0 feet in 1954 • 386,539 acre feet water conservation storage • 537,295 acre feet flood
storage • 923,814 acre feet total capacity • dam height is 137 feet • dam length is 1,800 feet • spillway
maximum release is 47,092 cfs (cubic feet per second) • watershed size is 1,111 square miles • lake eleva-
tion raised from 826 feet to 836 feet in 1972.
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See what Lake Bridgeport can help you fry up fresh tonight!
by Angela Dale Fair spring when tributaries are run- If fall finds you on or in the of a crankbait, or a Texas No matter what type of
Texas lakes provide a ning and again in the summer water fishing for bass, try rigged worm being dabbled fisherman you are, beginner,
mouth-watering assortment of when the fish concentrate on crawfish-mimicking baits, around the gravel piles to make amateur, or bonafide pro, Lake
fresh water fish from Bass to their “sunning” atop sub- spinners, and jigs in turbid and their strike. When they do, you Bridgeport has it all. So plan a
Crappie. In Lake Bridgeport, merged flats and can be drift- shallow water. These grand- better be holding on to some- trip to the area and see what
the locals know where to find fished with shrimp or cut bait. pappy fish are just waiting for thing solid, or have someone this beautiful lake can do for
the fish, and it’s what’s for din- White bass fishing is best the roll of a spinner bait, bump holding on to you! your family’s memory box.
ner. during the spring spawning
Most of Lake Bridgeport’s season. All main-lake points
170-mile shoreline makes an and any inflowing tributaries
excellent bass habitat. It con- are good places to snag one of
sists of 7 miles of rip-rap, 90 these beauties, but you are
miles of boulders, and many likely to see them anywhere.
coves and points. It is not unusual to see
The Sid Richardson Scout them during the summer
Ranch near Windy Point pro- months in front of the dam,
vides an environment most fish near Rattlesnake Island in open
love to call home. water, and around those cov-
Gravel piles. eted gravel piles.
There are several sub- The winning baits here are
merged gravel piles that were surface lures, plastic shad,
deposited when the West Fork small spoons, jigs, and live
Trinity River flowed free and minnows or shad.
uncontrolled. The piles provide Hybrid striped bass like
an excellent habitat for white the same bait, and can be found
and black bass. Along with the in the same locations, but dur-
gravel, there is floating pond- ing the winter months they can
weed, cattails, and a vegetative usually be found feeding on
cover of bulrush. shad and drawing the attention
Crappie are more easily of hundreds of sea gulls.
caught during the winter The average fisherman can
months when the fish school look forward to finding a vari-
around structures located in ety of black bass in Lake
deep water. The spring months Bridgeport including large-
bring the crappie into shallow mouth, spotted, and small-
water where they intend to mouth. They are caught year
spawn. round, but spring and fall are
The main-lake points, tops for the most successful
ledges, and channels provide trips.
an excellent wintertime habi- For those who want noth-
tat for crappie. For Lake ing but a trophy catch, try fish-
Bridgeport, Bean Creek and ing in February and March.
Big Creek are two of the best Successful baits for the spring
spots for crappie during the months are the Carolina Rig
spring with minnows and jigs worm or 6-inch lizard, a Texas
being the bait of choice year rigged worm measuring 7-
‘round. inches, and crankbaits. As
Lake Bridgeport has been summer rolls around, the jig
known to boast some rather and pig, spoons, Texas rigged
large channel cats. These fish- worms, and crankbaits seem to
ing line breakers are best in the work the best.
Sometimes a ‘good time’ can
be anything but a good time -
2009 Lake Edition … Page 39
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Sid Richardson Scout Ranch offers wide array
of activities for visitors along with lodging
by Dorothy Clark, Keith cub scouts. council fire, are featured at Ranch facility, for water rescue existed, and all three of her
Bridwell and Jennifer Haney Basic outdoor skills are Comanche Village. training. boys are Boy Scouts.
As many as 20,000 boy taught for rank advancement Orienteering groups use the Lakeview Lodge has cot- Cantero pointed out the
scouts from across the United with younger scouts. Merit Ranch for team competitions. tages and dormitories available Scout Ranch is not just for
States and several foreign badge classes for all levels, in- Orienteering involves people for rent by the public for meet- Scouts. Many people from the
countries visit the 2,460-acre cluding Eagle Scouts, as well finding their way with maps ings, conferences, family re- community have visited the
Sid Richardson Boy Scout as lifeguard classes are also and compasses in wilderness unions, and other gatherings. ranch just to get away from
Ranch on Lake Bridgeport dur- available. settings. The new manager of the their families for a night, and
ing the course of a year. Boy scouts participate in a Periodically, a Texas De- lodge, Valerie Cantero, said she others have used the place to
Equipped with scenic cliffs and wide array of activities at the partment of Public Safety he- didn’t know how great the spend a family-building week-
19 miles of raw shoreline, the Ranch, including camping, licopter and approximately 50 place was to visit. She said she end. She said it’s one of Wise
ranch is a rugged backdrop of hiking, rock climbing, rappel- troopers from across the state didn’t even know the place County’s best kept secrets.
outdoor activities, in contrast ling, mountain bike riding, come to Lakeview Lodge, a
to the ugly scars modern horseback riding, water skiing,
progress can bring. tubing, wind surfing, sailing,
The Ranch is part of the swimming, kayaking, canoe-
Boys Scouts of America’s ing, wake boarding, fishing,
Longhorn Council, with ap- horseshoes, and sand volley-
proximately 38,000 boy scouts ball. Planned activities con-
in its registry, which also has tinue after dinner every night
camps in Denton, Palo Pinto, until lights out.
Lake Worth, and Waco. A special challenge course,
Located immediately west C.O.P.E (Challenging Outdoor
of Runaway Bay on land do- Personal Experience), is de-
nated in 1968 by Fort Worth signed for boys and girls ages
oilman Sid Richardson, the 13 and above and is available
Boy Scout Ranch’s scenic for use by scouts, church
bluffs, rolling hills, rugged groups, businesses, and others
shorelines, and open forests who want to develop team-
provide an ideal setting for work, self-esteem, trust, deci- This pavilion is one of the little extras that can add to visitors’ experiences at the Sid
camping, water sports, and sion-making, and leadership Richardson Boy Scout Ranch. Surrounded by woods of natural Texas timber on three
other outdoor activities. skills. sides, and beautiful Lake Bridgeport on the other, the structure offers a place for camp-
The Ranch boasts the pres- An aquatic school for boys ers to find a moment of solitude or a special gathering place. -Lakefoto
ence of longhorn cattle, work- over 13 years of age is offered,
ing oil and gas wells, an 1870’s and advanced water sports are
U.S. Cavalry outpost, and the taught at the Steele Island
rumor of buried gold at the Aquatics Base.
Devil’s Den hideout of famous Captain Kidd’s Escape, a
outlaw Sam Bass. A country water amusement facility, fea-
store, museum, saloon, and tures a water trampoline, wa-
post office located on the pre- ter slide, canoe jousting, rope
mises are official Texas land- swings, and other activities.
marks relocated with their Older boys can take day
original artifacts to their new trips to Fort Richardson Out-
home on the Boy Scout Ranch. post, where they can fire a stan-
The Ranch offers boy dard issue, authentic cavalry
scouts and their leaders seven- cannon and participate in reen-
day summer sessions from actment skirmishes. Overnight
early June through mid-July. stays in a teepee village, in-
Weekend camping is available cluding learning about Indian
year-round for boy scouts and hunting weapons around a
2009 Lake Edition … Page 41
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-
Ellis. The photo-
graphs depict the con-
struction of the Lake
Bridgeport dam and
were originally taken
by the Freese and
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
Reproduction of photo-
graphs taken with permis-
sion by Jo Gilbreath
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2009 Lake Edition. . . Page 43
Surveyor’s journals from the 1930s and ‘40s provide
interesting glimspe into the past of Lake Bridgeport
continued from page 30 seven rattlesnakes (with “some trained helpers were paid $1.02 On April 12, 1944, he wrote Funk found them important
rattlers. On this same day, near bites”) and noted seeing an hour. that he measured the lake level enough to be recorded in his
Funk included a diagram several large wild cat carcasses For surveying 4641 feet of on the gauges at the dam, professional notebooks.
where he marked where he on fences. line, Funk recorded that the which indicated the elevation Today, they provide an
found a a dead doe and fawn Funk became the subject of total cost of the survey to be 809.6 feet at 8:45 a.m. interesting glimpse of what life
in Beans Creek. his own notes when on August “including surveyor, car, etc.” He also noted that the water was like for a surveyor in the
On September 10, 1951, 1, 1946, he recorded that he did was $198.68. was calm. lake area more than 50 years
Funk wrote a long passage not work because he attended His cost for a survey was Many of these notes may ago.
concerning the sighting of a funeral in Dallas. $0.05 per mile. Today, the cost sound trivial, but obviously
approximately 15 wild turkeys On August 12 of that year, is 44.5 cents per mile.
near the Green Elm crossing on he missed another day of work On June 27, 1946, Funk
the west fork of the Trinity because of a case of poison noted that he purchased three
River. He then wrote, “Have oak. meals for $1.35, a seemingly
seen many wild deer and A dust storm on November unbelievable figure compared
turkey in and near this area this 5, 1948, forced Funk and his to today’s restaurant costs.
summer.” Obviously, the crew to stop working. Funk On June 28, 1946, Funk
frequent sightings of these noted the wind was so strong recorded that he spent $0.50
animals must have been it could blow the transit over; sharpening his brush hook and
unusual or Funk would not a transit is the instrument on a later spent $0.23 on a phone
have made such a detailed note tripod used to measure angles. call.
in his jounal. Funk also kept excellent On multiple occasions,
In this same entry, Funk notes on his various financial Funk noted the water level of
wrote that “skunks are often affairs. Lake Bridgeport. For example,
seen and at times have to be In 1949, Funk noted that on September 13, 1943, he
driven away from work area.” untrained helpers were paid at recorded that the “top of the
He also mentioned killing a rate of $0.75 an hour, while water” was at 810.75 feet.
Lakefoto by Jo Gilbreath
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Lake Bridgeport dining offers spectrum of food choices
by Staff square feet of elegant yet com-
day of the week except Mon- and not only has bar-b-cue fresh-made sandwiches come
Lake Bridgeport has a few fortable space. A dining room,
day. Tuesday through Thurs- baby back ribs ready for a wa- plain and dry, and are refriger-
restaurants for hungry indi- lounge, and terrace afford a
day, doors are open from 11 tering mouth, but also fresh-cut ated until you choose your fla-
viduals who would like to grab gorgeous vista, allowinga.m. until 4 p.m., with Happy T-bones ready to sizzle on the vor.
a bite to eat in between mo- guests’ eyes to roam across the
Hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. grill over the mesquite chips. On The Bay Grill, as it’s
ments of play. green hills of the golf course
Friday’s business hours at The One Stop carries its own named, also offers items rang-
The Club at Runaway Bay to the lake. Club are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., spectrum of choices. From a ing from egg rolls to Philly
is definitely a valuable asset to Hungry individuals may
Saturday’s hours are 8 a.m. to smorgasbord of junk food and Steaks, and of course, ham-
the area and features 20,000 find an elegant bite to eat any
9 p.m., and Sunday’s hours of alcoholic beverages, to hot-off- burgers. Corn dogs, nachos,
operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the-grill cheeseburgers, and soft tacos, bacon, lettuce and
Don’t try to get off the boat even vegetable seeds for plant- tomato sandwiches, chicken
Five churches grace the and run into the grill in your
swimsuit, though. A dining
ing in the garden, the store of-
fers diners more than they may
fried steak and chicken strips
are all on the menu, too.
shores of Lake Bridgeport experience at The Club could
be considered somewhat up-
have imagined before walking
through the doors of the estab-
Food is served in that estab-
lishment from 11 a.m. to 9:30
People living near the lake do not have to look far to find a scale. lishment. One Stop even offers p.m., every day of the week.
church. Five churches in the lake area are readily available. The Club at Runaway Bay the bait to catch your own din- With all the variety of
is a semi-private club. Thus, it ner. choices for lunch and dinner,
Lake Bridgeport Baptist Church is open to the public. Right across the highway visitors to Lake Bridgeport can
Lake Bridgeport Baptist Church is located at 1301 North Two other dining facilities from One Stop of Texas is the decide for themselves what’s
Main Street in the City of Lake Bridgeport and is the oldest exist on Lake Bridgeport that Shell, with its deli-mart. The for dinner.
place of worship in the lake area. The church is led by Pastor someone unfamiliar with the
Craig Rolin. area may not consider. Both
Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m., and Sunday morning facilities can be found inside
worship services are held at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday services convenience stores on either
are held at 7:00 p.m. side of Highway 380 in Run-
For more information on the church and its activities, call away Bay.
(940) 683-5787. Whether you want some-
~ thing already prepared , or you
want prime cuts of meat to pre-
Whitestone Fellowship pare in your own kitchen or in
Whitestone Fellowship, also known as the First Baptist your own back yard, One
Church of Runaway Bay, is led by Dr. Gary Miller and was Stop’s Old Fashioned Meat
established in 1995. Market has a variety of selec-
Worship services are held on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. tions.
Worship care is also available for children in the church’s It was established in 1970,
center at 513 Port-O-Call Drive.
Runaway Bay Community Church
Runaway Bay Community Church is an
interdenominational church located at 20 Runaway Bay J. P. Carpenter
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.
P. O. BOX 581
For more information on any of the church’s activities, PAVING BRIDGEPORT, TEXAS 76426
call (940) 575-2512.
Bay Chapel is located at 2337 W. Highway 380, right 940-683-2841 Office
beside Bay Landing. Joe Newton serves as the pastor of the
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.
C&N P. O. BOX 847
Lake Bridgeport Community Church
RATHOLE BRIDGEPORT, TEXAS 76426
Lake Bridgeport Community Church is located at 1007 S.
Main Street in the City of Lake Bridgeport. Reverend
Charles Blackman leads the nondenominational church. 940-683-5447 Fax
Sunday Services are held at 10:30 a.m.
2009 Lake Edition … Page 45
Lightning only one of many dangers on the water
Boating, swimming and year. search for any path to ground to keep off the water if light- lungs should they fail after a
other water sports are some of According to marine ex- and the human body may be ning is forecast. strike. Remember, there is no
the more enjoyable recre- perts, there are no ways to ac- the best route. Medical Help danger to touching a person
ational activities, provided tually protect a boat from light- Radio antennae, fishing CPR may be required to res- who has been struck by light-
safety is intermixed with fun. ning, just ways to limit the rods - and even lightning pro- cue a person who has been ning - the current has already
There are a variety of dan- damage if a strike should oc- tection system rods themselves struck by lightning. Prompt passed through to the ground
gers lurking below the surface cur. Actually, keeping a boat - may be targets for lightning artificial breathing and CPR or water. Keep a level head and
of the water and from water it- docked during storms that have strikes. Again, reason enough can jump-start the heart and provide emergency care.
self. But many people don't re- the potential for lightning is the
alize the dangers beyond the only surefire way to ensure
water, notably lightning. passenger safety.
According to the National How Risky Is Lightning?
Oceanic and Atmospheric Ad- It's important to understand
ministration (NOAA), an esti- some fundamentals about
mated 40 million lightning lightning to realize the danger
strikes account for nearly 100 involved. Lightning occurs
deaths annually in the United when the difference between
States, making lightning con- the positive and negative
siderably more harmful than charges, the electrical poten-
hurricanes and sharks. Being tial, becomes great enough to
completely exposed on a boat overcome the resistance of the
or another type of craft, such insulating air and forces a con-
as a surfboard or water skis, ductive path between the posi-
makes water recreation dan- tive and negative charges.
gerous when a storm is pre- Lightning will generally seek
dicted. Sailboats with their tall the easiest path to the ground.
masts are more susceptible to Therefore it tends to strike the
lightning hits than powerboats. highest point in the immediate
But lightning can also funnel area. On the flat surface of the
through the electronic systems water, that is generally a boat.
on any boat. The National Ma- Most smaller crafts are not
rine Electronics Association made from metal. They are
dealers report substantial made from lightweight mate- Avoid boating or entering the water when strong lightning-producing storms are pre-
amounts of lightning damage rials such as fiberglass. There-
dicted. Lakefoto by Shelley Moore
to big-boat electronics every fore, if lightning strikes, it will
Take Time to Be Safe
* Observe the Rules of the Road
* Carry a life preserver for each person on board: keep life preservers 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 "bargain" could cost you your life.
* 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.
A boat operator is responsible for any damage to persons or property caused by his wake!!!
Lakefoto by Francine West
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Building of Lake Bridgeport
brought needed jobs to area
mine that snaked under the hill
at the corner of Hovey and 10th
Street had escaped being inun-
dated because of the large pile
of mine shale outside the en-
trance. A guard was posted
night and day to sound the
alarm should waters begin to
enter the shaft.
When the water was gone
it was replaced with a layer of
mud and silt making Bridge-
port an unpleasant place to be.
Residents had to deal with a
foul odor along with the mud.
There were also health con-
cerns, typhoid being the most
feared, but no cases were re-
Another flood in 1922
caused at least 37 deaths in Fort
Worth alone, prompting the
This photograph depicts the construction of the Lake city to create an organization
Bridgeport dam. that would work on flood con-
Reproduction photograph taken with permission by Jo Gilbreath trol. This organization later be-
came the Water Improvement
As you drive across Lake lake, Lillard knew the topog- District.
Bridgeport it is sometimes hard raphy of the Trinity River re- Enter Munn and Lillard.
to remember that it was made gion west of Bridgeport and The two worked to sell the idea
by the hand of man. believed it was an ideal basin of a dam on the West Fork, four
Without a knowledge of the for a water storage reservoir miles west of Bridgeport, to the
history of this body of water a and discovered a good location Fort Worth members of the
person wouldn’t know that for a dam. At that time, Wise Water Improvement District.
men once labored where the County had no reservoir and In 1925 the proposed dam
water is now, to cut down and Tarrant County, downstream, site was inspected by a group
remove trees, clearing the ba- had no flood plan. of men including the director
sin for the lake. Despite the building of an of the improvement district,
They wouldn’t know that earthen levee in 1914, the West W.E. Bideker, attorney Ireland
some of the men stood in line Fork of the Trinity flooded Fort Hampton, engineer John B.
for the work so they could Worth and Bridgeport more Hawley, Chairman of the State
make two or three dollars a day than once causing millions of Board of Water Engineers John
to feed their families perhaps dollars in damage and numer- A. Norris, Munn and Lillard.
the one meal they would get ous deaths. Norris requested that
daily. The families often Some area historians say borings be made to test the soil
waited for the provider in a that the most serious flood oc- and its suitability for a foun-
home that was only a lean-to curred in 1870. The waters dation which turned out to be
made from an old tarpaulin set completely covered the Old favorable.
up near the work site. Bridgeport that was located Plans for two dams were
It was 1929 and the coun- about a mile west of present adopted as part of flood con-
try was in the grip of the Great downtown, near the original trol, the dam at Bridgeport and
Depression. When construc- toll bridge across the Trinity on another at Eagle Mountain
tion of the lake was announced Farm Road 920. Lake.
it was greeted with enthusiasm In 1907 the West Fork Voters approved a bond is-
not only by those who wanted flooded again, this time cover- sue on Oct. 7, 1927 to provide
to prevent future flooding of ing the entire area from the money for the construction of
the West Fork of the Trinity Rock Island Railroad to down- the dams which began in 1929.
River but by men who were town with back water. It was a The dams were also being
desperate for work. week before the waters re- built to furnish a water supply
Also, two men, Eugene ceded. for the fast growing Tarrant
Munn of Boyd and S.F. Lillard It brought commerce to a County.
of Bridgeport became inter- standstill and trains did not run, Building of the levee along
ested in reclaiming overflow preventing anyone in Bridge- U.S. Hwy 380 near the bridge
lands near Boyd. port from receiving or sending that now crosses to Runaway
According to C.L. McNair, mail. The coal mines were ob- Bay was done by hand. Rocks
the first superintendent of the viously shut down. A slope continued on page 54 Lakefoto by Jo Gilbreath
2009 Lake Edition … Page 47
The unwritten rules of the waterway
Proper manners is more
than just practicing good social
graces like saying “please” and
“thank you.” Manners tran-
scend to the waters with a thing
called “boating etiquette.” It’s
a school of unwritten rules
about the ways of the water and
behaviors that every boater
seems to somehow learn and
know. Fellow boaters are like
house neighbors — they are
considerate of one another and
follow similar “rules.” Good
boating manners make for bet-
ter experiences on the high
seas. Here are a few etiquette
tips that can help make your
Know the rules of the
“waterways.” The best way to
learn how to act on the water
is to take a certified boating
coarse. It will teach you safety
procedures and how to operate
and handle a boat. Plus, you
can often get discounted boat
insurance, not to mention keep
your family and crew safer.
Respect the environment.
Be kind to water, one of Earth’s Lakefoto by J.D. Clark
most precious resources. That
means avoiding fuel spills and driving” a boat. slowly. That way you won’t where you can swing the an- away. That way, you’ll avoid
not dumping garbage into the Be a good guest. Guests create waves that can disturb chor. Don’t get too close to getting your anchor lines
water. Avoid grounding on ar- have certain responsibilities someone who is trying to an- boats that are anchoring and if tangled with another boater’s
eas like reefs. whether they are on board for chor his boat. The first boat in anyone in the area thinks you and banging your boat into
Minimize noise pollution. Re- the day or a week. Overall, the anchorage determines are too close to them, move another’s.
spect people’s right to privacy guests need to be safe. So, it’s
and quiet. Dock away from best if crew members teach
other boaters if you have bark- guests safety procedures, any
ing dogs or rowdy children on duties expected of them and the
board, especially at night. “rules” of the boat (no smok-
Keep comments about fellow ing, no running, etc). Guests
boaters to yourself. should be told not to touch any
Don’t board a boat with- gauges, buttons, radios or other at
out permission. You don’t en- instruments meant for the crew.
ter someone’s home without an Remind guests they should
invitation. The same goes for wait until the boat has docked
boating — always ask permis- to gather personal items or
sion before boarding and wait move toward the exit. Such
to be escorted, even if you’re actions can distract the captain
invited aboard. by rocking the boat as he is try-
Play it safe. Always bring ing to dock.
along the proper safety gear, Assist other boaters. Any
including life jackets and com- boater will appreciate help if he
munications equipment. Con-
sult local boating groups or the
has broken down, run out of
gas or has engine trouble. As a Complete Outboard Motor Repairs
U.S. Coast Guard to determine fellow boater, call for help or
the minimum safety gear you lend a helping hand. You’d • Machinist and welder on duty, Small jobs only
need on board. want someone to do the same • Full service on outboard motors, All makes and models
Make good decisions. A for you. If there is no
good decision is a safe one. dockmaster or helper on hand • Tune-ups • Major overhauls
Don’t race other boats or attack to assist those docking and un-
a boat if it cuts you off. That
means making safety the goal.
docking, you may also want to
offer assistance to them.
US Hwy 380 West • County Road 1111 • Decatur • 940-627-5880
Remember — a safe decision Anchor with care. Enter
includes not “drinking while the anchorage or mooring area
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Different types of fishing, a sport enjoyed
by millions of people across the country
Fishing is a sport that cap- some of the popular types. of attaching a large net or chain
tivates many people. It pro- Fishing line fishing: This is mesh behind a boat to scoop up
vides more than just a chance by far the most popular type of fish. It is commonly used to
for a leisurely getaway; fish- fishing around. Using a rod and catch scallops and oysters, and
ing is also big business. Ac- line, a fisherman attempts to is typically associated with
cording to the American hook a fish with a hook and commercial fishing.
Sportfishing Association bait. Fishing can take place on
(ASA), there are 40 million Hand fishing: This type of the shore, while standing in the
anglers in the United States fishing is just what the name water or aboard a boat. Regard-
alone. Fishing enthusiasts and implies. A person uses his or less of the type, the end result
people who fish for a living her hands to catch a fish, such is to catch a meal or a trophy
help to employ the manufac- as in lobster or pearl diving. In fish. Still, most sportfishing
turers of fishing poles, lures, some areas of the southern U.S. enthusiasts simply fish for the
tackle boxes, and all of the catfish are caught this way. thrill, and then throw their
other necessities for the sport. This type of fishing for catfish catch back.
It is estimated that $45 billion is called noodling. Bait Fishing vs. Spin Fishing
in retail sales are generated Trolling: This is a form of Sportfishermen typically
each year from sportfishing. fishing that involves drawing use two main methods of
A report by the 2006 Na- the fishing lure through the catching fish when line fishing.
tional Survey of Fishing, water in order to attract fish. Bait fishing involves using
Hunting and Wildlife-Associ- This method is often used live or dead bait, which the
ated Recreation, U.S. Fish and when fishing for big game fish fisherman attaches to a hook. Lakefoto
Wildlife Service lists Califor- such as marlin and tuna. Depending upon the fish
nia as the state with the most Bow/Spear Fishing: sought out, the bait will either
recreational anglers ages 16 This is based on a primitive lie on the hook at the bottom
and up for that year. But all type of fishing where a person of the water, be jigged to at-
across the country, anglers cast stands above the water to shoot tract the fish, or slowly reeled
their lines for fun - and new or spear a fish. In the past the in to catch a fish's eye.
fishing recruits sign up every spears were hand-thrown and Spin fishing relies on using
There are many different
types of fishing, so you're
the bows hand-powered. To-
day, automatic spear guns and
pneumatic bows help propel
an artificial lure that will spin
under the water attracting fish.
The lure is chosen to mimic the
bound to find a method you
will enjoy. Here's a look at
the weapon at the target.
Dredging: This is a method
natural prey of the species be-
ing fished. catering to boats on lake
Lake Bridgeport has several unique business that
Commercial and Domestic Tanks Leased serve customers on dry land as well as on water.
Propane Delivery or Sold At least three different businesses on Lake Bridge-
Locally Owned port have marinas that offer many services boaters
and Operated can appreciate on a hot, busy day of fun in the sun.
In the Runaway Bay area, One Stop and Texaco
provide gasoline and a convenience store for refresh-
ing drinks and snacks.
One of the special qualities of One Stop is the se-
WISE PROPANE lection of fresh choice meats available for you to cook,
and some come already cooked.
Both stores offer deli food and hamburgers and
fries cooked to order, and alcoholic beverages are also
A Fully Owned Subsidiary of Wise Electric Cooperative, Inc. Another marina on the lake is North Side Marina
and Resort. It is also a resort where you can rent a
cottage or own a new log cabin. Boatslip rentals are
A Full Service Propane Dealer available for your boat, like at the other marinas.
Also like the others, the marina on the north side
of the lake offers a store and fuel for your boat. Cus-
tomers can also rent pontoon boats, fish, or hire a
local fishing guide.
These lakeside business make it easier for boaters
Call Wise Electric at 940-627-2167 or 1-888-627-9326 Toll Free to find much-needed snacks and fuel without stray-
ing far from the water.
or Call Direct 940-683-2683
US Highway 380 West, Bridgeport, Texas
2009 Lake Edition … Page 49
Tips for recreational boating and safety
It’s that time of year again - wind and motion produces a though, that spare fuel contain- law to dump any of the follow-
the end of school, warmer kind of “boater’s hypnosis.” ers should not be filled while ing into lakes and rivers: plas-
weather and “fishing fever.” Adding alcohol only intensi- inside your boat. tic, garbage, glass, food, paper,
It’s the time when everyone fies this, slowing reaction metal and rags. The fines can
pulls their boats out of dry- times. Sometimes, even a few Get Educated be up to $50,000 and impris-
dock and head for the lakes. beers are too many. If you have You are legally responsible onment for up to five years.
With that in mind, we’d like to been consuming too much al- for the safety of those on your Human contamination or
remind our citizens about cohol and fall overboard, you boat and any damage that your waste can stimulate algae
simple safety tips during wa- may be confused and swim boat causes to other boaters, growth and deplete oxygen in
ter sport activities. Tragically, down instead of up. property and injuries due to the water. It can be a signifi-
as more boats take to the wa- damage. Just like driving a car, cant source of life threatening
ter, our drowning statistics rise. Life Jackets if you don’t know and obey the bacteria in the water and car-
No matter how much experi- Get and wear approved per- rules, the fact that you didn’t ries disease to swimmers. Use
ence you have boating, please sonal flotation devices that fit know them is NOT a defense. the local onshore bathroom.
take a few minutes to read this. well. Make sure that anyone in There are rules for boating, Engine contamination re-
These precautions and preven- your boat has one, most espe- just as there are rules for driv- sults when your boat leaks gas
tative measures may reduce cially for children. There are ing. These include right of or oil. A single quart of oil can Safety Tips
risks and may save your life. different type vests and you ways, yielding, overtaking, contaminate an area equivalent Be Weather Wise. Sudden
People who hunt and fish should be aware of their differ- meeting another boat, etc. to three football fields of wa- wind shifts, lightning flashes
from a boat have one of the ences. Boating safety is no accident. ter surface. and choppy water all can be in-
highest boat fatality rates. Type 1 floats the best, but To obtain sound knowledge, Garbage contamination dicators that a storm is ap-
proaching. Be attune to local
More people die from falling are bulky. However, it will turn proficiency and confidence lasts past our lifetimes. These weather and keep a portable ra-
off or out of boats 16 feet and most unconscious people face which are the keys to safe boat- include plastics and containers. dio to regularly check weather
smaller and ironically, most of up in water. Type 1 is best for ing, consider taking a boating Plastic can also clog engines reports.
the boats are anchored at the open, rough or remote water. safety course. and propellers. Bring extra gear you may
time. Type II is yoke type and less Pollutants such as chemi- need. Keep on board a flash-
Be weather wise. Sudden bulky. However, it will not turn Let’s Remember to keep our cals and cleansers can be de- light, extra batteries, matches, a
wind shifts, lightning and some unconscious people face Waters Clean structive and toxic to fish. map of where you are, flares,
choppy water all can mean a up in water. It is a violation of federal sun tan lotion, first aid kit and
storm is brewing. Don’t be Type III is a vest style. This sunglasses. Put things that need
caught on the water in a storm. type is popular among recre- to be protected in a watertight
Tell someone where you are ational boaters, but it’s only pouch or a container that floats.
Use this handy checklist to
going and how long you will designed for calm water and a verify that you have the proper
be gone. Check your boat, quick rescue. Wearers may safety equipment and have
equipment, engine and fuel have to tilt their heads back to checked your boat systems for
before heading out on the wa- avoid a facedown position. operational safety. (See your
ter. Throwable devices are con- local United States Coast Guard
Keep your fishing gear sidered Type IV, such as life Auxiliary for more details of the
clean and well packed. Loose rings and floating cushions. safety features listed below.)
fishhooks can cause a lot of This type requires you to Check:
pain and ruin your trip. In fact, “hang-on”. * Vessel Numbering
all items should be put away Lastly, Type V are special * Life Jackets
securely. use devices and are specifically * Fire Extinguishers
* Navigation Lights
Remember, when you over for white water rafting and * Visual Distress Signals
load, you are asking for those types of activities. These * Fuel and Fuel System
trouble. Capsizing and falls types are inflatable. * Anchor with Line
over board account for 70 per- Know what type you need * Paddle or Oar
cent of boating fatalities. and use it. * Manual Pump or Bailer
When you change seats on * Electrical Installation
a boat, stay low and near cen- What should be on your * Galley Installation
ter line. Simple, but extremely boat? Tell someone: where
important. Life jackets, Fire you're going, who is with you
Extinquisher, whistle, bell or and how long you'll be away.
Alcohol and Boating horn. Visual distress signals Then get in the habit of check-
Simply put, alcohol and such as orange flags or flares. ing your boat, equipment, boat
balance, engine and fuel supply
boating do not mix. Even a mirror is helpful in day- before leaving.
Over 1,000 people die in light. Flashlights, heavy line Ventilate after fueling.
boating accidents every year, for pulling. First-aid kit. Tool Open hatches, run blower and
and nine out of 10 drowned. kit. Sunglasses and sunburn most importantly, carefully sniff
About half of those deaths in- lotion. Paddles are recom- for gasoline fumes in the fuel
volved alcohol. It is no joke but mended also. Extra clothing in and engine areas before starting
50 percent of the intoxicated case the weather turns cooler your engine.
men that drowned had their fly or you do fall overboard. Food Keep fishing and hunting
unzipped. and water is always a good idea gear clean and well-packed. A
It is proved that four hours to take along.. loose fish hook can cause a lot
in a boat with exposure to You may also want to keep of pain and ruin a great outing.
Bring an extra length of line to
noise, vibration, sun glare, a VHF radio. Spare fuel. Note, secure boat or equipment.
Lakefoto by Jo Gilbreath
Page 50. . .2009 Lake Edition
Deep roots flourish at the
old Mitchum/ Marlett place
by Staff place. He said there was a the boats and onto the land. crete floor, causing it to fire, two-story home that first sat on
Flashing lights and boom- church named the Mount They made a large stone bulls- and shooting him in the shoul- the Mitchum Place. Now he
ing sounds of explosions are Horum Church, to the north of eye target, on the hill where the der. Six or seven days later, his and Carolyn invite their grand-
not things that are expected the Mitchum place. The school Methodist Camp is now, and grandfather Mitchum died. children to make their own
now at Lake Bridgeport, ex- picked up the name Mount used if for bombing practice. Marlett said he can remem- memories of Lake Bridgeport.
cept on July 4, when Runaway Horum School; however, the It was an amazing sight to see ber visiting his grandparent’s Since the first house was
Bay hosts the fireworks dis- name was really the Lyle when he was a young boy, said place every summer. Even built, some of the land has gone
play. However, it was an event School, according to the Lyle Marlett. though he never lived in Wise into other hands, but the place
that happened regularly during sisters, who lived in the area He said during the time of County, except when he was an where Robert and Carolyn’s
World War II, according to Dr. for a very long time. the war, his grandfather was a infant and lived in Chico, he home sits is just as deeply
Robert Marlett, who, along Marlett said there is one of guard at the marine landing decided he wanted to retire on rooted into his being as his his-
with his wife, Carolyn, cur- the Lyle sisters who is 103 craft base stationed on the lake. the old homestead. torical memories of the place.
rently lives at the lake. years old, now living in Salado, One day his grandfather He designed and built a
Marlett has deep roots and who remembers that the school dropped his gun on the con- home, much like the original
historical memories as the land was called the Lyle School,
he currently occupies is prop- possibly because so many
erty that has passed from gen- Lyles went to school there.
eration to generation in his Life came and went as usual
family. It was originally owned on the lake until World War II
by his great-grandfather, J.W. came around, and military ac-
Mitchum. The land has been in tivity moved into the area, tem-
his family’s possession since porarily using the body of wa-
before the lake was even built. ter as a practice area for land-
Marlett is the fourth generation ing maneuvers, drills, and
to own the land since the late other military actions.
1800s. “They carried wooden
Marlett said that when the rifles,” said Marlett.
lake was being built, his They dug fox holes where
grandfather Marlett stabled Marlett’s house is now. Marlett
mules on his other grandfather said he could remember how
Mitchum’s place. The mules the military would circle out in
were used to facilitate the con- the lake in landing craft, like
struction of the lake dam. He the kind that landed in
said the construction of the Normandy, and then land on
lake helped many people dur- the shores.
ing the depression era whether Once landed, the men
it was laying rip-rap on the would come stampeding out of Photo courtesy of Robert Marlett
dam or cutting trees in the bot-
“A lot of people were glad
to have the work during the
depression period,” said
Back then, the place was
called “the old Mitchum
place.” Marlett said there is a
slough misspelled as Meechum
Slough, but it actually should
read Mitchum Slough.
It was named Mitchum for
Troy Mitchum Jr. who was a
graduate of Bridgeport High
School and was in the 71st in-
fantry division in Germany and
was killed in Germany in April
Another confusion along
the way, according to Marlett
was the name of the school that
used to sit on the old Mitchum
2009 Lake Edition … Page 51
Gunplay was also part of history of
building of Lake Bridgeport Dam
continued from page 8 men were working and an that followed in the next tim- sis and the value or price paid people had to work, their fami-
stand between these men and armed check guard was placed ber clearing project. The next was very low in some cases lies were without food and
their attackers. at the entrance of all roads group were put on contract ba- and fair in other cases. But clothing.
As the result of this and the leading to the area where they
discussion that Mr. Leamon worked.
had a few days later with the It was at this point that the
local group, two of the leaders Mexican Consular Service en-
of the local group were arrested tered the investigation. The
for questioning but were not consular promptly caused all of
put under peace bonds. the Mexican nationals to be
The next two weeks would given safe conduct to their
have caused the tourist to think homes in Mexico or elsewhere,
that the old wild west was be- where it was considered safe
ing relived by the members of for them.
the Leamon faction or maybe Thanks should be given to
they had not heard of the Texas the Mexican Consular Service
law that did away with gun-tot- for relieving a tense situation.
ing. Everywhere that any of the It is not known whether the
Leamon faction went, whether Mexican officials were invited
it was in any of the stores or by the Tarrant Water Board or
into an individual’s home they came on their own accord to
carried a shot gun and pistols check on the trouble that had
strapped to their sides. occurred to their nationals.
This state of alarm was also This brought on changes
observed on the job where the and reprisals to the labor group
Photo circa 1931 as Lake Bridgeport was being constructed.
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2009 Lake Edition … Page 53
Wise County Park rules of conduct
(a)Entrance/user fees: pay- unless so secured; and cluding a motorcycle, a motor- by permit in areas designated
ment. It is an offense to enter, (2) permit a pet or other (2) enter or remain in an bike, a mini-bike, an all-terrain or marked for that purpose.
use, or occupy a facility in any animal to remain unattended or area of a park that has been vehicle, a golf cart, or a bicycle Camping is defined as:
portion of a park for which a create a disturbance or hazard closed by the director for any on a trail or path not designated (1) occupying a desig-
fee has been established, unless within a park; reason, including security, and posted for use by such ve- nated camping facility;
the person has first paid the fee (3) permit an animal (ex- safety, preservation, or resto- hicles (wheel chairs and elec- (2) erecting a tent, arrang-
or satisfied the requirements of cept a trained assistance animal ration. tric scooters used by persons ing bedding, or both, for the
the fee, has received an en- accompanying a person with a (j) Alcoholic beverages. It is with a disability are exempt) or purpose of, or in such a man-
trance/use permit issued by the disability) to enter into or re- an offense to consume or dis- use the trail in a manner that is ner as will permit, remaining
department, and has attached main in any building or enclo- play an open container of an dangerous to a person or ani- overnight; or
the permit to their vehicle as sure designated for public use alcoholic beverage in a public mal. (3) use of a trailer,
and when required by the per- including, but not limited to, a place or sell alcoholic bever- (s) Traffic. It is an offense to: camper, or other vehicle for the
mit. If the office is closed, pay- restaurant, snack bar, cabin, ages within a park. (1) operate a vehicle in a purpose of sleeping during
ment must be made according lodge room, restore, park store, (k)Soliciting. It is an offense park between the park closing nighttime hours.
to posted instructions or shelter, refectory building, to solicit funds or donation of hour and 6 a.m. opening hour, (u)Minors, camping. It is an
signage. amphitheater, administration any item, or offer to sell any except for emergency or nec- offense to remain in a park be-
(b)Use of facilities. It is an building, or railroad coach; goods, wares, merchandise, essary purposes; and tween the park closing hour
offense to: (4) permit a pet animal in liquid, or edibles, or render any (2) operate a vehicle in an and opening hour, if the per-
(1) use an area or facility the water of a designated service for hire, or distribute indiscriminate or unnecessary son is under the age of 17, ex-
for any purpose contrary to its swimming area or to permit a written material, in a park, ex- manner (cruising). cept the following:
designated purpose; and pet animal (except a trained as- cept by authority of a conces- (t) Camping. It is an offense (1) a person who is ac-
(2) keep, use, or arrange a sistance animal accompanying sion agreement approved by to camp except as authorized continued on page 59
motor vehicle, trailer, camping, a person with a disability) the director.
or other equipment except as within the land or beach area (l) Metal detector. It is an of-
specified by the director. All adjacent to the water of a des- fense to operate or use a metal
vehicles and trailers must re- ignated swimming area; detector.
main on paved surfaces and in (5) bring into, permit to (m) Responsibility for minor
designated areas only, unless range, or release into a park a children. It is an offense to
otherwise specified by the di-
wild animal, pet, fowl, or live-
stock except as authorized in
permit a child or ward to vio-
late a regulation when such
(c) Plant life. It is an offense
to willfully mutilate, injure,
destroy, pick, cut, or remove
any plant life except by permit
this chapter or a permit or by
(6) possess a noisy, vi-
cious, or dangerous animal, or
child or ward is under 17 years
(n)Speed limit. It is an offense
to drive a vehicle within a park
issued by the director.
(d)Fires; smoking; firewood;
fireworks. It is an offense to:
one which is disturbing to other
persons, in a park;
(7) through (10) no horses
at a speed:
(1) greater than is reason-
able or prudent, having due re-
Chamber of Commerce
Is genuinely committed to the growth
(1) light, build, or main- (f) Arms and firearms. It is gard for the traffic and the road
tain a fire within a park except an offense to: conditions then existing; and prosperity, not only of the City of
in a facility or device provided, (1) possess a firearm with (2) which endangers the Bridgeport, but for the entire
maintained, or designated for a cartridge or projectile in any safety of persons or property; surrounding area.
such purposes or to smoke or portion of the mechanism, ex- (3) which exceeds the •••
build fires when an extreme cept when authorized by the posted speed limit in any por-
fire hazard has been posted; commission or the director; tion of the park system. “Come enjoy the diversity, fresh air, and mall-style
(2) notwithstanding para- (2) display a firearm, ex- (o)Vehicle operation. It is an atmosphere on Main Street Bridgeport.
graph (1) of this subsection, cept when authorized by the di- offense to operate a vehicle in Good food, antique shops, gifts and collectibles.”
portable camp stoves may be rector or the commission; a park except on roads, drive- •••
used in designated campsites (3) discharge across, in, or ways, parking areas, and areas Lake Bridgeport ...
or picnic areas; into a park any arm, firearm, designated open for vehicles. Year-’round recreation ... the only reliable
(3) possess within a park or device capable of injuring or (p)Parking. It is an offense to: source of fresh water in the county ... the
any fireworks, explosives, or killing any person or animal or (1) park a vehicle or addition of countless dollars to our economy
similar devices capable of ex- damaging or destroying public trailer in a park except in areas ... attracting business, industry and outdoor
plosion, or to discharge, set off, or private property, except designated, constructed, or enthusiasts.
or cause to be discharged in or when authorized by the direc- designated for that purpose;
into a park any such device or tor. and President ................... Susan Miller
substance, except with written (g)Assembly. It is an offense (2) park, store, or leave a First Vice President .... Doug Jones
authorization from the director. to conduct or participate in an vehicle or trailer in violation of Second Vice President .. Mike Hurd
(e) Animals. It is an offense assembly or public demonstra- subsection (b) of this section Executive Director ......... Teri Bland
to: tion except with written per- when signs have been posted 940/683-2076 • FAX 940/683-3969
(1) bring into or possess mission of the director. in the affected areas. email: email@example.com
within a park a pet or other do- (h)Nudity and disrobing. It (q)Motorcycles. It is an of-
mesticated animal, unless the is an offense to appear nude. fense to operate a motorcycle
animal is secured by a leash not (i) Closed area. It is an of- that is not licensed and in-
exceeding six feet in length, or fense to: spected as authorized by Texas
confined in a vehicle, or to per- (1) prevent or interfere Motor Vehicle Laws. A Bridge to Tomorrow ...
mit an animal to enter into or with development, construc- (r) Trail use. It is an offense
remain in a unit of the park tion, or management of a park; to operate or use a vehicle, in- A Port to Call Home.
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Building of Lake Bridgeport brought needed jobs to area
continued from page 46 pleted in 1931 and is the north- sources. They received permits covers approximately 400 Lake Worth, constructed
were brought in by wagon ernmost and third largest res- in 1957 for two more reser- miles and its surface covers from 1911-1914, is owned and
from the surrounding area and ervoir in the Tarrant County voirs, which initiated the Ce- 45,000 acres. It delivers up to operated by the City of Fort
any townspeople with a wagon Water Control an Improvement dar Creek Lake and Richland- 180 million gallons per day to Worth. Its water comes from
and team could find employ- District. It and Eagle Mountain Chambers Reservoir. the district. release at Eagle Mountain.
ment. Trucks were not even al- Lake form the West Fork part Cedar Creek Lake construc- Lake Arlington was built Marine Creek Lake, on Fort
lowed. of the water district . The wa- tion began in 1960 and began and is owned and operated by Worth’s north side, was con-
Once the levee was fin- ter from these lakes, flowing water delivery to the that city. The District supplies structed and is owned by the
ished, work began on clearing through Lake Worth, supplied Metroplex through a 72-inch its water from Cedar Creek District.
timber from the area between all the raw water needed by the pipeline in 1973. Lake.
present day Runaway Bay District until the 1970s. The Richland-Chambers
bridge on Hwy. 380 and the In the 1950’s record Reservoir project began in
Twin Hills dam, located three drought and a growing Tarrant 1979, was finished in 1988 and
miles away. County population led the Dis- is the third largest to lie totally
Workers drew lots to deter- trict to look for more water within Texas. Its shoreline
Runaway Bay Bridge in the early 1980’s during a major drought. Pictured above is Becky Ray, early to mid 1950’s, stand-
Photo contributed by Doris Ware ing on old beach looking out toward the old river channel.
Contributed by Doris Denton
mine which area they would
clear. If a man was lucky he MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PRODUCERS
would draw a lot where there
were very few mesquite trees.
If a man was unlucky he might
“Marketing with Style”
draw a lot down in the heavy •WE CARE ABOUT PEOPLE
timbered bottom land.
The timber had to be cut, • WE KNOW WISE COUNTY AND LAKE BRIDGEPORT
burned.. just eliminated. (We have played on and fished the lake for many years!)
It was during this construc- • YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN MARKETING AND SALES
tion that entire families would
camp out in tents. Farmers
brought their produce to sell to “Finding a way to fulfill the wants, needs
the workers, canteloupes, eggs and dreams of our clients is what we do Best!!”
Despite the tough times
there was a lot of excitement
among the workers and their
families in being a part of what
was supposed to be the largest
man-made lake in Texas at the
Lake Bridgeport was com-
Robert Meek 940-393-2376 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Meek 940-393-9607 email@example.com •SUCCESS
2009 Lake Edition … Page 55
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
taken with permission by
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The flood that caused lake’s creation....
continued from page 12 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
2009 Lake Edition … Page 57
Volunteers clean up Lake Bridgeport every year in spring
by Jennifer Haney cals and other liquid pollutants. “stuff” out of the watershed. portant roles played by volun- ket Road 1658. For more in-
The annual Lake Bridge- “We just hope if they dump Ellis said the clean-up day teers. formation, call Ellis directly
port Clean-Up event is a it here, they won’t dump it in is very beneficial to the condi- The clean-up day is spon- (940) 683-2349 or visit the
chance each spring for citizens the watershed,” said Ellis. tion of the lake, and the wild- sored by TRWD. That office district’s website at
to pitch in to make the lake He explained that the main life that is sustained by the is located at 1710 Farm Mar- www.trwd.com.
look beautiful. objective was to keep all that lake. He also stressed the im-
This year, it is to be held
Saturday, April 25. The spe-
cific times of the event have
not yet been announced, but
the clean-up usually starts in
the morning. At various loca-
tions around the lake, individu-
als from the community join
forces to clean up litter.
Lakefoto by Jo Gilbreath
“Everything around the
lake is connected to the water-
shed,” Lake Superintendent
Richard Ellis said, in a previ-
ous interview. “That’s what
we’re trying to protect.”
In previous years, partici-
pants have been treated to a
party after the clean-up con-
cludes, complete with activi-
ties and giveaways and other Lakefotos by Jo Gilbreath
Ellis said in the past, people
have picked up trash on not just
the shoreline, but also in sub-
divisions and down access
In 2005, more than 200 vol-
unteers showed up and col-
lected approximately two tons
of trash and debris, according
“They pick up a lot of
trash,” Ellis said.
In 2006, after all the gar-
bage was collected, it weighed
6.43 tons, and there were 266
registered participants in-
volved in the clean-up around
In some years, the popular
“Crud Cruiser” has been avail-
able to give residents a place
to dispose of common chemi-
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2009 Lake Edition … Page 59
Wise County Park rules of conduct
vehicle unattended after the tions of wildlife from a unit of tamper with, or disturb any ar-
closing hour, unless such per- the park system, except by a tifact or cultural feature except
son is legally in the park after permit issued by the director or by permit issued by the direc-
closing, and unless he has as provided by the Parks and tor.
parked the vehicle in a place Wildlife Code, Chapter 62, (ee) Waste water, sewage, and
designated by the director or he Subchapter D; and gray water. It is an offense to:
has prior permission from the (2) release any fish into (1) deposit waste water,
director. the waters of any park, except sewage, or effluent from sinks,
(x)Water skiing; swimming. as authorized by the Parks and toilets, or other plumbing fix-
It is an offense to: Wildlife Code. tures directly on the ground or
(1) engage in water ski- (cc) Geological features. It is into the water;
ing, surf boarding while being an offense to take, remove, (2) use any water foun-
towed, towing a person or a destroy, deface, tamper with, or tain, drinking fountain, pool,
similar device, or operate a disturb any rock, earth, soil, sprinkler, reservoir, lake or any
motorized ski device on lakes gem, mineral, fossil, or other other water body contained in
of less than 650 surface acres geological deposit except by the park for bathing, launder-
located in a park; permit issued by the director. ing, and washing dishes, pets,
(2) enter water or swim in (dd) Cultural features and/or or vehicles; and
an area closed for that activity; artifacts. It is an offense to (3) deposit fish parts at
(3) swim at night unless take, remove, destroy, deface, any location except park fish
otherwise posted; and cleaning facilities.
(4) introduce, carry into,
or possess, use, break, dispose
of, throw, or abandon any glass
container in the water of a
swimming area, swimming
pool, or in the beach area adja-
cent to the water of a swim-
(y)Mooring. It is an offense
(1) moor, dock, or berth a
boat or any other object be-
Lakefoto by Shelley Moore tween the hours of 10 p.m. and
6 a.m., except in mooring ar-
eas designated by the director;
continued from page 53 ing or singing, by using a ra- and
companied by a parent or le- dio, phonograph, television, or (2) moor, dock, or berth a
gal guardian; musical instrument, or by op- commercial vessel at any part
(2) a person who fur- erating mechanical or elec- of a park except by permit from
nishes to the park headquarters tronic equipment: the director.
the written consent of and the (A) use electronic (`z) Public use limit. It is an
full name, residence, and tele- equipment, including electrical offense to:
phone number of parent or le- speakers, at a volume which (1) enter into, or remain
gal guardian; emits sound beyond the imme- in, an area or facility for which
(3) a person who is part of diate individual camp or pic- a public use limit has been es-
a group which is supervised nic site at any time without spe- tablished when such action will
during those hours by at least cific permission of the direc- have the effect of exceeding the
one responsible adult for each tor; established limitations; and
15 persons under the age of 17; (B) create a distur- (2) exceed the public use
and bance by causing excessive limit establishing a maximum
(4) married couples. noise by any means. number of persons and, if ap-
(v)Peace and quiet. It is an (w) Abandoned and unat- propriate, the number and type Bridwell Publishing Co.
offense to: tended property. It is an of- of motor vehicles, trailers, and
(1) disturb other persons in fense to: equipment permitted to enter
sleeping quarters or in camp- (1) abandon a vehicle or into, or remain in, a designated Publisher: Keith Bridwell
grounds between the hours of other person property; area or facility at any time. Photo Editor: Jo Gilbreath
10 p.m. and 6 a.m.; and (2) leave a vehicle, boat, (aa) Checkout time. It is an Pagination Director: Francine West
(3) cause, create, or con- barge, or other property unat- offense to continue to occupy Reporters:
tribute to any noise which is tended in a unit of the park sys- a facility past checkout time Whitney Bridwell, Angela Dale
broadcast, or caused to be tem in such a manner as to cre- when a checkout time has been Front Cover Design by: Jo Gilbreath
broadcast, into sleeping quar- ate a hazardous or unsafe con- established by the director. Design & Layout by: Francine West
ters or campgrounds, or which dition; and (bb) Wildlife. It is an offense Sales Representatives:
emits sound beyond the (3) leave property unat- to: Tricia Bridwell, Mike Webster
person’s immediate campsite, tended in a park without hav- (1) harm, harass, disturb, Photography:
between the hours of 10 p.m. ing received prior permission trap, confine, catch, possess, or Keith Bridwell, Jo Gilbreath
and 6 a.m.; whether by shout- from the director or to leave a remove any wildlife, or por- Shelley Moore, Francine West