Colfax in Grant Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
The Famous Burning Well of Colfax
Visitors to this spot were once greeted with a curious sight, a burning well. In 1899 a driller named L. B. Hart completed an artesian well at 1,103 feet. The water was salty, and it bubbled with gas. Hart struck a match near the flow, and promptly got his beard singed when the bubbles ignited. During its lifetime, the well ebbed or flowed in response to the levels of nearby Red River. With the advent of each new eruption someone would light up this unusual landmark. Thousands of tourists remembered Colfax by the image of its famous burning well. Ripley once featured it in his "Believe It or Not" as a well that spewed both fire and water. During WWII visiting soldiers wrote back home describing this local wonder. In 1959 a new courthouse displaced the town's old attraction. An artificial fountain with a gas flame was erected, but it could not possibly evoke the awe of visitors as the real one had once done.
Erected by Grant Arts Council in memory of June Hafer Brown.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Believe It or Not marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Main Street, Colfax LA 71417, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Colfax Riot (a few steps from this marker); Grant Parish and Town of Colfax (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mary E. Graham High School (approx. 0.8 miles away); Battle of Calhoun's Landing (approx. 0.9 miles away); Village of Dry Prong (approx. 11.7 miles away); Verda (approx. 13.1 miles away); Montgomery, Louisiana (approx. 14.8 miles away); LTV Aerospace Vought A-7D Corsair II (approx. 17 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colfax.
More about this marker. Located on the western side of the Grant Parish Courthouse/Clerk Of Court building.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 4, 2019.