Could there be natural springs under the Oak Cliff Bank Tower?

A postcard from the 1960s shows the Oak Cliff Bank Tower lit up at night.
A postcard from the 1960s shows the Oak Cliff Bank Tower lit up at night.

Could there be a natural spring under the 51-year-old Oak Cliff Bank Tower?

Building manager Tim Alonzo thinks it’s possible because of a recent plumbing issue.

We had a major sub-foundation water leak under the tower. We hired plumbers to repair the problem, which they did, or so we thought. We kept seeing clear water in the pit, so we all assumed they missed a leak, but they notified us they could not find the source of the leak. We had heard rumors that the tower, which had been built over what had previously been residential homes had a small pond below. So I had the water water tested to be sure it wasn’t chlorinated city water. It was in fact not chlorinated and very pure with a high mineral content. I happened to look up an old topographical map of Oak Cliff and right where the tower is located had been a creek. We are wondering if it had simply been a creek or possibly a spring like Kidd Springs.

Alonzo wants to know if any neighbors or native Oak Cliffers remember what the area was like before the tower was built. Let us know in the comments.

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  • Smokey

    Constant running creeks commonly have springs as their headwaters. Not uncommon to find underground streams but unlike 50 years ago modern engineering would call for encasement and redirecting before building. In the banks case the garage and elevator pit increase the building below substrate a good bit. My family had a business facing Beckley on the northeast edge of the property. Any relative old enough to remember has since been promoted.

  • Don Denton

    Yes there are near 12th garage per Joe Denton, former President, and Chairman of Oak Cliff Bank and Trust.

  • lakewoodhobo

    Maybe this might help? SMU has aerial photographs of the area from 1930.
    http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/dmp/id/149