Hydrokesma Spring, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin; F. Schultz, bottler and dealer in Mineral Waters
Monday, August 31, 2015
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If you look in the lower left-hand corner of the above photo, one of Dallas' first artesian wells can be seen. Below is a closeup (I took these photos of a photo in the hotel I was staying in...). There's actually a remnant of the wellhead still in place at the site, called by the locals "Big Red", once the courthouse for Dallas County (and now a museum).
I learned about this well from here, which gave me a big smile since I've been searching for photographic evidence of early artesian wells in Dallas for a long time (the artesian wells in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Waco preceded the golden age of postcard documentation of artesian wells).
Monday, August 17, 2015
The fellow that told me stories about the well in Marlin, Texas, also told me that he thought the first artesian well drilled in Waco still exists. I think he's right! This is either the original well or one of the wells Mr. Bell drilled back in the day.
The well must have had bad casing that leaked, because the first school on the property collapsed:
Sunday, August 16, 2015
I've stopped in at Marlin before, but this time I was able to soak my feet and chat with a lady at the Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center next door. She confirmed my suspicion that all of the bathhouses and associated hotels have been tore down (sad...) and that there were other wells in town with this one being the only one left.
I was at a water meeting earlier in the day where a fellow described a story from his folks that people used to set out glassware in the water and let it soak for a week or so, turning it over from time to time. I asked the Chamber lady about this, and she confirmed. Turns out they sell shot glasses with wellhead on it, and she soaks a few in the water to stain them with the water. And I got one!
Next time, I need to bring a towel to dry my feet...