Thursday, June 6, 2013
• Round Spring Round Spring is located approximately 13 miles north of Eminence. The spring flows into an almost perfectly circular cavern that has collapsed, and from there it travels through a natural tunnel before it emerges into the spring branch.
• Blue Spring Blue Spring is on the Current River, between Ellington and Eminence. At 310 feet deep, it is the deepest in Missouri. If the Stature of Liberty was placed on the bottom, the top of the torch would be underwater. The blue color comes from minerals dissolved on the water’s underground journey.
• Welch Spring
Welch Spring is located approximately two miles north of Akers and is the fifth largest spring in Missouri. The spring flows from the base of a wooded dolomite hill near the historic Welch Hospital, and then flows into the Current River over a rock impoundment.
• Reed Spring
Reed Spring is located in Centerville on privately owned property. This spring is channeled into small lakes, with waterfalls, which eventually empty into the Black River. It is not known how far into the hills this beautiful spring starts but it has served the area surrounding Centerville in the most useful ways in every era of its time. In 1881, Nathaniel Scott built the dam and grist mill to grind corn into meal and wheat into flour. The original building and wheel were taken apart, board by board, and sent to San Francisco for exhibition at the 1939 World’s Fair. This display is now in storage at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.