Details for Dam and Well (Atlas Number 5333001160)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5333001160

Data

Marker Number 1160
Atlas Number 5333001160
Marker Title Dam and Well
Index Entry Dam and Well
Address SH 16
City Goldthwaite
County Mills
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 541028
UTM Northing 3479061
Subject Codes parks; railroads; water topics
Marker Year 1976
Designations
Marker Location Goldthwaite City Park, north part of the park close to SH 16 and Commercial Dr.
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text 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.