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MARLIN CITY LAKE. The original Marlin City Lake was formed in 1922 when an earthfill dam was constructed on Big Sandy Creek three miles northeast of Marlin (at 31°21' N, 96°52' W). The dam was twenty-one feet high and 1,750 feet long and had a maximum storage capacity of 3,135 acre-feet. The project was owned and operated by the City of Marlin and was used for both municipal and domestic water supply. In 1948 a second dam was built a mile downstream to form New City Lake. The new dam was fifty feet high and 2,000 feet long and had a maximum storage capacity of 7,221 acre-feet. In 1990 the city of Marlin had plans to build a new reservoir in the Brushy Creek area.

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