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1871 Water Well Memorial

 
 
1871 Water Well Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
1. 1871 Water Well Memorial Marker
Inscription.  
Santa Fe engineers were surveying and platting the Newton town site on Section 17 in March 1871. Captain David L. Payne, state legislator from this district, and other early settlers saw the urgent need for domestic drinking water. Captain Payne agreed to supervise the digging of a well in the center of 5th and Main Street intersection.

It was the only domestic drinking water in Newton for several months, and considered the best water for several years thereafter.

The small concrete plaque in the center of this intersection marks the location of the historic well.
 
Erected by Harvey County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker and memorial is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1871.
 
Location. 38° 2.833′ N, 97° 20.695′ W. Marker is in Newton, Kansas, in Harvey County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and 5th Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Marker is on the northwest
1871 Water Well Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
2. 1871 Water Well Memorial Marker
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grounds of the former Santa Fe Railway passenger depot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newton KS 67114, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Railroad Savings and Loan Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Midland National Bank (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Jacob Krehbiel Memorial Park (about 700 feet away); Anderson Book and Office Supply (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Masonic Lodge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ragsdale Opera House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Newton Carnegie Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Unknown Dead of the Civil War (approx. Ό mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Newton, Kansas – Rowdy Cowtown. Legends of Ameria website entry (Submitted on March 13, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. Historic Newton Downtown Walking Tour. Issuu website entry (Submitted on June 29, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
1871 Water Well Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
3. 1871 Water Well Memorial Marker
In foreground shadow, partially obscured to right of benches. Former ATSF Railway passenger depot in background; still served by Amtrak
1871 Water Well Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
4. 1871 Water Well Marker
In roadway near the center of the intersection of Main and 5th Streets. Not recommended to try to view given that it is in the middle of a wide, busy intersection.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 393 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 29, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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Jul. 6, 2022