The History of Lake Vilbig
The following story is from someone who lived on the lake before it was built.
“J.D. Savage and his wife live on Pebblebrook Trail and have lived there since October of 1971…a few years before the lake was ever started. He watched the Galveston Bay dredge as it raked solid from the bottom and pumped it out to other areas creating land fill and elevating the land where houses not sit. It ran 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 12 months…September to September…then stopped.”
January 1996 – Centennial Homes, Inc sell last parcel of land to Sumeer homes, Inc. (Bayview area).
The following was taken from a web message board: Eric Hankins and his dad worked for Vilbig Const. Co. He remembers the Vilbig brothers who were old at the time of his employment. He said even though they were getting up in years that they still came to work every day. He recalls their mechanics, Jesse Nutt (the tire man) and the head mechanic (his brother-in-law) Dub something or other. Also a Forman by the name of Blackie who operated the drag-line that dug Lake Vilbig. Eric’s dad moved dozers by truck and He was the grease/fuel monkey.
History in Images
Painting of the Lake Vilbig dredge by John McGee
At one time there were 2 floating houses on Lake Vilbig and there was plans for more, but after this one sunk, no more were built
1973 picture of the Dredge by Helen Foster of 1908 Emerald Dr.
1932 Lake Vilbig Yellow Pages Ad This ad is from the 1932 Dallas Yellow Pages. histnote
This ad is from the 1932 Dallas Yellow Pages.
Irving Lake Association Receives “Outstanding Neighborhood Web Site” award 4/13/2002