The Mammoth Spring
"In Fulton county is a remarkable phenomenon, its waters either by compression, or from some other peculiar cause, contains apparently, in solution, such a great amount of carbonic acid, that its surface is in a continuous state of effervescence or bubbling, resembling the effervescence of a fountain of soda water. The constant temperature of the water, 60 degrees, favors apparently, the development of animal life; and the number of species of water plants growing near the borders, but still in the waters, such as Indian rice, water cress, marsh speedwell, etc., is the cause of allurement for fowls, especially during the winter months. This place will, doubtless in the future, acquire great importance as affording a healthy and pleasant place of summer resort.
"The main body of water issues from a large cavernous opening, forty yards in circumference, and boils up with a constant flow, at the rate of 8,000 barrels per minute. It affords valuable water power for general manufacturing purposes."
The following poem was published in The Daily Democrat Newspaper, Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, 29 Aug 1941.
THE MAMMOTH SPRING
I know you’ve heard of a little town,
Tucked away in the Ozark hills;
Where the largest spring in the world is found.
Whose source with mystery thrills,
The minds of travelers, who stop to scan,
This wonder of nature, the boon to man.
Its crystal waters flow swift and wide.
Mid verdure green thru’ the country side.
And pause the wheels of industry to turn,
That many bright lights of the town will burn.
The motorboats glide o’er its surface blue,
A glass bottom boat, and the old canoe,
Furnish plenty of fun, so I’ve been told,
For the old as well as the young.
Perhaps you’re planning a trip to take,
To mountains cool or silvery lake.
I hope you’ll consider the praises I sing,
And come view the beautiful Mammoth Spring.
The poem was signed “A Visitor.”
I do remember as a child going to visit my grandparents and my cousins took me boating and swimming at the lake. The lake has been changed since it was made into an Arkansas State Park. The source of the spring comes from Oregon County, Missouri, called The Grand Gulf. The Gulf is also a Missouri State Park. My aunt and uncle, Dorothy and Herman Herbold, took me to see the Gulf and we hiked down to the natural bridge portion. My Uncle Herman told me about his father and a group of men going into the caves and throwing three bales of hay into the underground river. Three days later those bales of hay popped up in The Mammoth Spring lake.
The following links will explain more about these natural resources.
Below are photos that my husband, Mike Davis, took on our last visit to Mammoth Spring during Jul 2010.
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Dam near Mammoth Spring State Park
Updated 16 Feb 2015