1871 Water Well Memorial
Santa Fe engineers were surveying and platting the Newton town site on
Section 17 in March 1871. Captain David L. Payne, state legislator from
this district, and other early settlers saw the urgent need for domestic
drinking water. Captain Payne agreed to supervise the digging of a well
in the center of 5th and Main Street intersection.
It was the only domestic drinking water in Newton for several months, and considered the best water for several years thereafter.
The small concrete plaque in the center of the intersection marks the location of the historic well.
N. Main & Fifth