The Jacob’s Well: The diving spot or the dying spot?

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The Jacob’s Well
photo credit: Mother of Nature

Jacob’s well is situated in Texas and is managed by the Hays County Parks Department. According to Biblical scholars, this well has been named after the New Testament (John 4:5-6) in which it has been mentioned that Jesus “came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the field which Jacob gave to his son, Joseph.

It is a recurrent spring flowing from the bed of Cypress Creek. Its cave slopes vertically for about 30 feet , then descends at an angle through a series of silted chambers separated by narrow borders, finally reaching an average depth of 120 feet . In other words, it looks like a giant puddle but it’s actually the mouth of an underwater cave system.

Jacob’s well is very well spoken of its splendour. Tourists across the world come to have a glimpse of its beauty. It has such alluring water that visitors are easily tempted to dive in. In fact, it is the opening of the spring that leads down into the depths which makes people curious to know what lies beneath. This curiosity has taken the lives of many people.

It has been reported that some people have dived as far as 100 feet into the well. This activity is clearly very dangerous, especially in an area where it is easy to get lost as there are many sharp angles that make navigation challenging. Nine people have already died in this well so far.

No wonder this cave is labeled as a dying spot as well!. Due to the depth of the Well, it is most difficult to recover remains. Kent Maupin was a lucky diver whose remains were nonetheless found after two decades. This occurred during a mapping expedition. 

In Stephen Harrigan’s novel, Jacob’s Well (1984), the author describes the well as “a portal from another dimension, a world of unnatural vibrance and mystery.” The author is said to have had over twenty dives in this cave.

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