(19 Miles to the Southeast)First known to civilized men in the 18th century, when, according to legend, Franciscan Padre Alvarez prayed for water to ease his thirst, put down his staff, and saw a spring gush forth from the ground. This landmark of western travel was named for its rediscoverer, Richard A. Howard of San Antonio, an ex-Texas Ranger. Howard and other men, along with 15 Delaware Indian guides, made up an expedition sent out in 1848 under Col. John Coffee Hays to map a wagon road from San Antonio to El Paso. Although aided by the discovery of the well, the expedition failed, turning back in a state of near-starvation.
|Placed By||Texas Historical Commission|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, July 6th, 2015 at 10:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||14R E 243921 N 3397008|
|Decimal Degrees||30.67838333, -101.67300000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 30° 40.703', W 101° 40.38'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||30° 40' 42.18" N, 101° 40' 22.8" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling East|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near TX-290, Sheffield TX 79781, US|
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