In the 1870s, Colonel James W Kidd, Sr. purchased 250 acres of farmland adjacent to the current Kidd Springs Lake. This natural spring is now the site of the beautiful Kidd Springs Park and Recreation Center, featuring a small lake, oriental gardens, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a baseball diamond.
While not immune to the deterioration that affected many old neighborhoods after WW 11, this neighborhood has saved a majority of its housing stock. From large Neoclassical, Prairie, Craftsman and Colonial Revival to one-story late Victorian, bungalow, Tudor and shingle structures, Kidd Springs offers architectural diversity. Some of the antique apartment complexes have been beautifully restored, attracting young professionals who enjoy the convenient location close to downtown, good public transportation, and retail establishments such as those within the Bishop Arts District.
The neighborhood association is one of the oldest and most organized in Old Oak Cliff. Their priorities include monitoring of future development, enforcing city codes, and maintaining the primarily single-family character of the area.