Nick Marlowe wrote:Hello everyone, I was hoping to find some help from someone who has knowledge or experience of tapping into a spring like mine. I bought 22 acres in Eureka Springs Arkansas and discovered two springs on the property that had previous spring boxes. The springs start at about 1400 ft altitude and flow into a series of creeks, lakes and finally ending in Beaver Lake. The pictures below are of the spring where the most construction had taken place. There are at least three holding/cistern boxes that I have uncovered so far, so my guess is that this spring at one time had good flow. The spring its self appears to seep through the cracks in the different layers of rock. Interestingly enough, on the opposite side of the ridge is the other spring that is at the same altitude. I was wondering if I can hammer a rock bar into the cracks in the rock where the water is flowing, in hopes of creating a larger space for water to flow? If this is not the best way would someone please lend some knowledge my way? I would also like to draw/upload some pictures of the past configuration so that someone could explain how/why it worked.
Future plans for the springs on the property include Ram pumps where applicable, holding stations and irrigation. We discovered almost our entire property is covered in blueberries and I just got several thousand feet of chicken house pvc water dispensers perfect for irrigating for $100!! (Just had to brag on my find!)
Any help/advice or joke is appreciated!
Nick Marlowe wrote:Thanks J Anderson, I should have worded that better. Yes I knew there was one spring, however I had not seen the boxes, nor the second "Bonus" spring that I found later! Look every day for property around here. I have been a local here most of my life, actively seaching for property for about 3 years now. I was online every day and still missed opportunities for beautiful land just because a good piece of property with everything a homesteader could want goes quick! And believe it or not relatively cheap compared to many other places. Thanks for the response and good luck finding a place.
Nick Marlowe wrote:Travis, thank you for your advice...
Judith Browning wrote:Hi Nick, You are in one of the best areas in the state! We love Eureka and have quite a few friends there.
I think if we had made a conscious choice of where to land in this state near Eureka would have been at the top of the list...and probably Fayetteville.
Lovely craft and music and food community......
Land with springs is such a bonus!
Nick Marlowe wrote:I also wanted to add that it is common around these parts to build a spring box, spring house or use stone and mortor to build....well I can't remember what they are called but basically a bowl on the bedrock to collect water and then reroute through a pipe. I worked in a quarry for a brief while and learned a lot about shaping stones, uses for different varieties of limestone, how to use stone and mortar and many other things. There are thousands upon thousands of undeveloped, unused springs in my area due to there not being a "Spring Guy" around here. Well partially true, while working at the quarry I met a man who had developed a few dozen springs for a local wealthy land owner. He would come in and get our largest blocks (somewhere around 18"x18"x24") he could possibly lift by himself and that is what he used to build his spring boxes/house. I work for a man who's father quarried his own stone using some hand tools to drop, divide and split limestone shelfs. There are some amazing people around my area. If any of you have time, look up my home town Eureka Springs Arkansas. We are known for our "healing" springs and there are many pictures of ES being built in the 1800s. The quarry I worked in is called Ozark Southern Stone, however if you google Beaver Arkansas quarry you can find old pictures of the quarry and nearby train staion. Really cool place to live and I feel fortunate to do so. Thanks you guys for the responses!