Lake Myths & Legends


 

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Tommy O'Brien

The late Tommy O’Brien established the Harvey’s Lake Diving School at Sunset in 1955. A self-taught SCUBA diver, he turned his hobby into a profession. In the picture he is testing a new diving helmet.

In 1985 he recounted the many myths of Harvey's Lake for the Dallas Suburban News.
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"Santa" Meighan: The Hermit Philosopher

Frank “Santa Claus” Meighan was a famous character at the lake. Known as a " hermit philosopher" and poet, he lived in a one-room shack and tended lawns for the lake estates. He fell and drowned in the lake on June 28, 1937.
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The Missing Hydrofoil

After 20 years on the bottom of Harvey's Lake, this hydroplane was recovered and restored. The boat was found in 85 feet of water in 1955 by "frog men."
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The Ghost Horses

A hundred years ago a team of horses fell through the ice and were never recovered. Some still believe they are perfectly preserved somewhere in the cold depths. Divers have searched, but no one has found them, yet.
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