Jacob’s Well, Texas’ Most Dangerous Diving Spot

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Few have had the guts to venture inside of the fourth chamber, which includes squeezing through a very narrow passageway.jacobs-well-3[2]

The ones that have report gorgeous sights, including unmatched limestone formations packed throughout.jacobs-well-4[2]

Instead of gravel, the floor of this chamber is covered with fine silt. One false step can lead to silt spewing everywhere. According to professional cave divers who have had this happen to them, everything goes black and you can’t tell up from down.jacobs-well-6[6]

There was a time when you could not enter Jacob’s Well because it produced 170 gallons of gushing water per second, making it impossible to go inside. Dorothy Wimberley Kerbow remembers some 70 years ago, when her father playfully tossed her into Jacob’s Well. She only dipped about 2 feet beneath the surface before popping back up under the force of the water.

Now that entering the well is possible, many inexperienced divers venture down to the chambers. Unfortunately, at least 8 have died during their explorations.

Jacob’s Well was first discovered back in 1850 by early settlers who were overjoyed at the sight of the well and all of its perfect looking blue water. Today the well is still enjoyed by many and remains full of history. jacobs-well-12[5]

The amount of water released by Jacob’s Well has reduced year after year, allowing divers to reach new depths and discoveries, while also presenting a problem. In 2000, and again in 2008, water from Jacob’s Well stopped flowing completely, alerting locals and conservationists that something needed to be done. No one wants the famous well to turn into “Jacob’s Cave.”

In hopes of preserving Jacob’s Well for future generations, one generous man created The Watershed Association. The job of this association is to spread awareness and protect Jacob’s Well from developers and other unnatural harms. This same individual is donating his house as a research and education center where people can learn more about Jacob’s Well. jacobs-well-1[6]