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Goldthwaite in Mills County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Dam and Well

 
 
Dam and Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
1. Dam and Well Marker
Inscription. When the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railroad reached this area in 1885, company officials platted the town of Goldthwaite and built a reservoir to supply water for steam locomotives. A 25-foot-high dam near this site stored water from several springs, creating a pond that became a favorite swimming spot. The railroad dug a 50-foot-deep, spring-fed well at this site in 1906 to provide more water. In 1915, when these sources became inadequate, the dam was broken and reservoir drained. Today the springs form a stream which runs through Mills County Park, and the well is used by the city.
 
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1160.)
 
Location. 31° 26.733′ N, 98° 34.093′ W. Marker is in Goldthwaite, Texas, in Mills County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 183 south of Texas Highway 6. Touch for map. Marker is located in the northeast corner of Goldthwaite City Park. Marker is in this post office area: Goldthwaite TX 76844, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Goldthwaite Eagle (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mills County Jail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mills County (approx. 0.3
Dam and Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
2. Dam and Well Marker
miles away); Mills County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Veterans Memorial of Mills County (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Old Town Well (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mills County State Bank (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mills County World War II and Korea-Vietnam Memorial (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goldthwaite.
 
More about this marker. The marker includes a metal plaque with the following: “In appreciation for 11 years of dedicated service to the Goldthwaite Municipal Park †††J.M. Casbeer †††1986-1996".
 
Also see . . .  Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway. From the Texas State Historical Associationís “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on October 22, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
Dam and Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
3. Dam and Well Marker
Stream mentioned in marker is behind the marker
Marker in Goldthwaite City Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
4. Marker in Goldthwaite City Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 22, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 158 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 22, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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