| News |

As Drought Looms, a Look Back at "High and Dry" White Rock Lake During Bone-Dry 1956

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

You've probably noticed -- it's been a long while since it significantly rained 'round these parts, which is why the National Weather Service has issued an elevated fire conditions warning for most of North Texas, including Dallas. The NWS also warns: "Drought has rapidly expanded across North and Central Texas and is expected to persist or worsen this winter with La Niña conditions in place."

Coincidentally, Friend of Unfair Park PeterK directs our attention this morning to some old wire-service photos of Texas for sale on eBay taken from The Detroit News archives, including this one of White Rock Lake taken in January 1956, toward the end of what had been a horrific three-year period during which only eight inches of rain fell in '53. The title of this photo of boat skeletons found at the not-so-bottom of White Rock: "Lake Becoming Desert of Silt."

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.