Kidd Springs tunnel was key to 1930 flood control

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Image courtesy of the Dallas Morning News Historical Archives

Repairing a cavernous underground culvert at Kidd Springs Park will cost about $208,000, and work is expected to begin this month.

We described that culvert, which has a natural limestone bottom and sides, as being built “many decades ago,” which admittedly was fudging. But it’s older than this enormous tunnel built in June 1930, according to this story from the Dallas Morning News Historical Archives.

It was built to drain more than 700 acres and was part of the city’s overall flood control plan, which was drawn up after the devastating flood of 1908. By 1930, the flood-control plan mostly was in place.

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  • Jonathan Braddick

    If you crawl down into the creek on the north side, you’ll see the north entrance to the tunnel and the 1930 date marker over the entrance.