By the Dallas Morning News
"In the southeast corner of Fannin County, signs welcome visitors to Ladonia, a small town set among horse stables and cattle ranches with a population just over 600 people. “Small town, big future,” they say.
Part of that big future involves Lake Ralph Hall, one of the first major reservoirs in Texas to be built in the last three decades. Groundbreaking for the lake, situated just north of Ladonia, began Wednesday when a backhoe excavated the first few scoops of dirt. By 2025, officials hope it will begin delivering water to some of the 325,000 people served by the Upper Trinity Regional Water District, which covers all of Denton County and part of Collin County. The lake will help provide water to 23 cities and towns, including Flower Mound, Celina and Justin.