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LAKE MEXIA. Lake Mexia is on the Navasota River seven miles southwest of Mexia in north central Limestone County (at 31°39' N, 96°35' W). P. P. Prescott and Sons, Incorporated, began construction of the Bistone Dam in July 1960 and completed it in June 1961. It is an earthfill dam, and its spillway has an elevation of 448 feet above sea level. The drainage area above the dam is 198 square miles. The project is owned and operated by the Bistone Municipal Water Supply District. Lake Mexia has a surface area of 1,200 acres at its normal capacity of 10,000 acre-feet. It provides water for the City of Mexia and the Mexia State School and also is used for industry and recreation.
BIBLIOGRAPHY:C. L. Dowell, Dams and Reservoirs in Texas: History and Descriptive Information (Texas Water Commission Bulletin 6408 [Austin, 1964]).
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