Two more flowing wells in rural Madison County

I wrote about a pair of artesian wells in Madison County a few Saturdays ago and headed to Mounds State Park to take photos and video of two more I knew of the day after. I found another the following Monday and another on Tuesday. When it rains, it pours! I love artesian wells, but my hobby of finding them was dormant until the past couple of weeks. Today, I’ll show you the two I uncovered -one literally- in northern Madison County, along with where I think a third one used to sit.

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The artesian well map

Artesian wells have emerged as one of the most popular of the many topics I write about. That’s good news for me since they’re one of my favorite things to research! I found the bulk of the wells I’ve visited in 2020 and 2021, but I’m always on the lookout for more. 2023 has led me to several new ones, so to help both of us out, I’ve created an artesian well map of East-Central Indiana.

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Two artesian wells in Madison County’s Mounds State Park

Mounds State Park has a fascinating history that spans several eras. Not only is it home to ten prehistoric earthworks, but it was also the site of an amusement park from 1897 to 19291! The place is the perfect spot for artesian wells to flourish thanks to its location on a limestone bluff high above the river. So far, I’ve been able to locate two.

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Two flowing wells in rural Madison County

I’ll never forget stumbling across my first artesian well. It felt as though I’d come across a biblical miracle! After I learned what they were, I made it my mission to track down all of them around East Central Indiana. Eventually, that trek took me to Madison County. I’ve found three there so far, but we’ll talk about two of them today.

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Blountsville’s flowing well in Henry County

I’ve driven through Blountsville on US-35 a hundred times. After I got interested in artesian wells, the metal sign near the Stoney Creek Township fire station on the town’s western edge became relevant to me. “WARNING,” it screamed in red type. “DO NOT DRINK WATER.” Contrarian that I am, language like that usually compels me to take a big swig of water! After I saw the well for myself, though, I’m really glad I didn’t.

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The Koontz flowing well south of Yorktown

I’ve gotten pretty good at finding and identifying flowing wells. After all, identifying them’s easy, so long as you can see the water gushing up from underground! Finding them can be more of a challenge, but sometimes it’s simple: I had no idea that what I call the Koontz well existed until a friend showed me a picture on his phone and asked, “is this one?” Jackpot! It was, and it sits just south of Yorktown.

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Two flowing wells in Hancock County’s Brown Township

I’ll never forget the first time I came across a flowing well and I’ve been fascinated by them ever since. After finding eleven in Delaware County, I started branching out to other nearby places. I stumbled across one in Hancock County a couple years ago and visited another nearby just the other day.

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Two artesian wells just outside of Delaware County near Matthews

In the 1940s and 50s, longtime Muncie newspaper columnist Dick Greene and his wife Mildred identified eight flowing wells within Delaware County, Indiana, and made trips to write about each of them1. I was seventy years late to the game but decided to try and follow their path. So far, I’ve found eleven flowing wells, but two more flowing wells exist just out of bounds near Matthews in Grant County.

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