Newton in Harvey County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
1871 Water Well Memorial
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 memorial is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & 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 grounds 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. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newton.
Also see . . .
1. History of Newton, Kansas. (Submitted on June 29, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Downtown Historic Walking Tour of Newton. (Submitted on June 29, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 356 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 29, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.