Stylized Sunflower

1871 Water Well Memorial

Stylized Sunflower
      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.
Courtesy Harvey County Historical Society
Marker text sent by Robert Walter, Pittsburg, KS
Harvey County  
N. Main & Fifth
Downtown Newton
Harvey County
October 11, 2001 / Bob Walter / Wichita, Kansas /

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