White Lake Hills surrounds White Lake in the hills five miles east of the Fort Worth Central Business District. It encompasses six early surveys including the Wm. Franklin White Survey of 1926, from which the lake received its name.

W.F. White was granted 31.47 acres by Governor Miriam "Ma" Ferguson in 1926. Other surveys are the 1864 John W. Haynes Survey, the 1883 Dempsey S. Holt Survey, the 1872 Jacob Brockman Survey and the 1859 Wm. L. Tandy Survey.

The Carter Development Company, owned by Amon G. Carter the founder of the Fort Worth Star Telegram, owned much of the land in 1926. The White Lake Dairy was located near this area until residential development began in 1964. White Lake Dairy was known for its rich milk and thick cream. Pangburn Candy was made with the milk from this dairy.

W.F. Boaz, son of early Birdville settler Samuel Boaz, also owned a portion of land on the eastern edge of White Lake Hills in 1883. This land was passed on to C.A. Boaz in 1930.

White Lake Hills is encircled on the west by Oakland Blvd., which becomes Randol Mill Road on the north. In 1856 Archibald Leonard built the first mill in the area. It became a community center where news was exchanged and goods traded while waiting for grain to be milled. This mill burned down in 1860, during a general unrest over abolition, but was rebuilt in 1862. In 1872 it was bought by W.A. Randol and operated until 1922. It finally burned down in 1933. The road past this mill became known as Randol Mill Road.

Sunrise Park Development Company developed much of the land beginning in 1967, having bought it from the Carter Foundation Production Company.


Hilly with breathtaking views to the west describes White Lake Hills. This secluded neighborhood with limited access, has predominately brick traditional homes with two-car attached garages and a few contemporary styles scattered throughout. One-story homes dominate the area, but a few two-story homes can be found. Restrictions for this area include provisions that the area contains homes at least 80 percent masonry and a minimum of 1,100 square feet. The usual restrictions forbidding noxious materials, garbage dumps and livestock are included. Drilling for oil is not permitted. Only one apartment complex in located at the eastern edge of the neighborhood. The lake and vistas make this a lovely area.


The White Lake Hills Neighborhood Association has been fighting to remove a sanitary landfill in the area. A settlement was reached where the landfill established a community trust fund for area improvement. Other projects include the cleaning of White Lake, improvement of parks and roads and work against new apartment construction. Expansion of Oakland Blvd. to Randol Mill Road was approved at the request of the Association. The Association also produces a periodic newsletter and neighborhood roster. Activities include an annual garage sale in May, a July picnic, National Night Out in August and a Christmas decoration contest.


Eastern Hills Elementary, 5917 Shelton St., 817-496-7490

Meadowbrook Middle School, 2001 Ederville Rd., 817-531-6250

High School
Eastern Hills High School, 5701 Shelton St., 817-496-7600

This information was conceived, researched and written by Wini Klein, REALTOR®, for the Greater Fort Worth Association of REALTORS®, with assistance from the City of Fort Worth Planning Department, Historic Preservation Council for Tarrant County, Historic Fort Worth, Inc., Texas Christian University, Junior League, Fort Worth Independent School District, Tarrant County Tax Office, League of Neighborhoods and encouragement from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.

© 1999, 2007, Wini Klein

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