San Antonio Springs, San Antonio, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Queens Blessing
N 29° 28.135 W 098° 28.054
14R E 551623 N 3260057
Quick Description: This important spring is the starting point of the San Antonio River.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 2/14/2015 1:35:43 PM
Waymark Code: WMNCK6
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Clan Riffster
Views: 1

Long Description:
This spring has been altered from its original shape; a wall has been built around the spring, which can still be seen by peeking over the wall and down into the depths. Today, the spring is often dry because the water is being diverted by wells.

This spring is also called "Blue Hole". It is located in Bexar County, Texas, about 3 miles north of downtown San Antonio, on the property of the University of the Incarnate Word near Brackenridge Park. The spring obtains water via the Edwards Aquifer and is one of about 100 springs in the area which flow together and feed the San Antonio River, eventually dumping into the Gulf of Mexico.

Artifacts from the Paleo-Indian cultures of 11,000 years ago have been found near the springs. History indicates that when European settlers arrived in the area, bands of Coahuiltecan Indians inhabited the area near the springs; they were displaced by the Lipan Apaches, who were displaced by the Spanish missionaries who built a system of aqueducts and ditches and canals to move the water to thier missions and to the Alamo. By the Civil War (1865) the springs were contaminated.
Public or Private Land?: Private

Public Land Fees?: 0.00

Private Land access?: Park in the lot for the college, follow the signs and paths.

Visit Instructions:
Please post an original picture of the springs no GPS necessary along with your observations of the spring. What wildlife you saw if any and the condition of the springs. Water level was high, low. The area was clean, trashy ect. Any other knowledge or experiences you have had with this paticular spring that would help document it's history.
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