This image of boys who hunted a dangerous alligator in White Rock Lake is one of some 200 vintage photos of White Rock and the creek and land that preceded it in a new book called White Rock Lake Revisited.

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From White Rock Lake Revisited from Arcadia Publishing.

It all is in the latest Images of America series book by former Dallas parks historian Sally Rodriguez, White Rock Lake Revisited. The book features more than 200 pictures. It begins when White Rock Creek wound through the area sans the lake. This farm was near what is now the White Rock Hills area.

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From White Rock Lake Revisited from Arcadia Publishing.

It features some of the first families to live in the area, such as the Goforths and the Churches. Church owned what is now Flag Pole Hill. Church is now the name of the street on which Lake Highlands High School sits.

From White Rock Lake Revisited from Arcadia Publishing.

From White Rock Lake Revisited from Arcadia Publishing.

And then it gets really fun as we return to a time when people didn’t just encircle the lake or paddle around on motorless boats, but actually swam in the water and, while wearing high-waisted and belted swimwear, water skied on garage doors …

From White Rock Lake Revisited from Arcadia Publishing.

From White Rock Lake Revisited from Arcadia Publishing.

… and even performed impressive slaloms on real skis.

From White Rock Lake Revisited from Arcadia Publishing.

From White Rock Lake Revisited from Arcadia Publishing.

And they just generally enjoyed the water. See anyone you know in this picture?

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From White Rock Lake Revisited from Arcadia Publishing.

The book, White Rock Lake revisited, will be on sale Jan. 6 — so consider these pages a sneak peek. Believe me, it’s just a minute sampling from a treasure trove of historical images.

The book will be $21.99 available at local retailers and arcadiapublishing.com