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Flowing Wells
Famous Watering Spot for Wagon Trains

Brenham Weekly Banner
(Brenham, Texas)
September 11, 1890

Natural springs of flowing water were important to the early settlers of Grayson County, and none were more famous than the one known as Flowing wells west of Pottsboro and near Hagerman.  Located next to Big Mineral Creek west of Pottsboro, the Flowing Wells area was a popular place for picnics, and travelers frequently stopped there for fresh water and sometimes camped there for the night.  Folks converged on the area from far places.  The flowing well was just that, a flowing well, and supplied ample clean drinking water for both man and beast.  

"Flowing Wells Legend Lives Today"

Artesian Wells

Flowing Wells water gushed out of the earth from a natural spring, and early settlers in the area installed a piipe, and later the enclosure to make the water more accessible.  Thousands of gallons of water flowed through an inserted steel pipe several inches in diameter and standing for to five feet tall which encouraged folks to carry gallons of water home for private usage.

An older photograph of this famous well, used by wagon trains passing through the county.

Travelers through the area stopped to renew their supply for fresh, cool water, give their horses and mues a reat and a drink and often finding Flowing Wells such a pleasant place, camped for the night, or a day or two.  Residents of the area could always tell when there were campers at the Wells because their cooking fires could be seen from a distance.

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Landmarks of Grayson County

Elaine Nall Bay
Grayson County CC
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