St. Jacob's Well (Little Basin)

US 283, Minneola, KS 67865
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At the south rim of the Big Basin is the country road east to St. Jacob’s Well. This was a welcome spot for early explorers, settlers, and drovers who used the watering hole for cattle during the long cattle drives heading for Dodge City. A stone pillar called the Living Waters Monument marks the highest point in the area and indicated to travelers that water was available here. The well is located in the Little Basin, a sinkhole with a diameter of 280 yards. This basin has never been known to go dry. Legend was that it was bottomless and that blind fish inhabited it in an underground stream which could carry away anything that fell into it. It has since been determined that it is actually a 60 foot deep spring, much like several found in this area of the Red Hills.

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