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St. Jacob's Well, Clark County, Kansas

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Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936

Date: Between 1891 and 1903

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Photograph

Call Number: Berryman Collection: Coll. 2 No.14

Unit ID: 7801

Summary: View of St. Jacob's Well, which is a pool of water about 84 feet in diameter and 58 feet deep that has never been known to go dry. It is part of the Little Basin which is about 280 yards in diameter and 35 feet from rim to floor. Little Basin and St. Jacob's Well were formed in the recent geological past by a process known as solution-subsidence. This process occurs when surface water gains access and dissolves underground deposits of salt, gypsum, or limestone. The overlaying layers of rock and minerals subside to fill the volume vacated by the water soluble deposits.

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Title (Main title): St. Jacob's Well, Clark County, Kansas

Titles (Other):

  • St. Jacob's Well, Clark County, KS. An old volcanic crater about 100 feet deep, 70 feet across and about 18 miles from Ashland, KS. [electronic resource] / F.M. Steele


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    Gelatin silver prints
    Clark County (Kan.) -- History -- 19th century
    Little Basin (Kan.)
    Saint Jacob's Well (Kan.)
    Internet resource (Web)

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General Note: Digital image of an original silver gelatin print, scanned by the Kansas State Historical Society, as part of the Western Trails Project, funded by a grant from the Kansas Library Network Board.

General Note: The original is a silver gelatin print and measures 22.2 x 25.3 cm.