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  • Nancy views the Big Basin from its west rim
    Nancy views the Big Basin from its west...
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  • Two boys show off frogs captured at well
    Two boys show off frogs captured at well
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Ashland Off The Beaten Path

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    by basstbn Written Jan 21, 2007

    Archeological findings indicate that St. Jacob's Well has been attracting visitors since prehistoric times. Even during the dust bowl days, this well has not been known to go dry. It is indeed an oasis in what early explorers called "The Great American Desert." It is easy to imagine the Indians of the plains stopping here regularly, as well as westward bound explorers and pioneers. It is located within the Big Basin Prairie Preserve in what is known as Little Basin. From the parking lot, there is a somewhat primitive path down to the well.

    St. Jacob's Well, as seen from midway on the path On the path to the well Two boys show off frogs captured at well
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    by basstbn Written Jan 21, 2007

    1800 unspoiled acres of mixed grass prairie. A sinkhole that's 100 foot deep and a mile wide. Prairie vistas. A vast blue sky. Unfettered wind. Bison and deer roaming free. A lonely windmill creaking in the breeze. A well that has never run dry. But above all - you notice the solitude, you feel yourself to be a part of nature when you can see from horizon to horizon, and if you will allow yourself - you can feel the hand of The Creator.

    Big Basin Prairie Preserve is located in a remote region of Clark County in southwest Kansas. I'm certain it's safe to say that few Kansas have even visited this unheralded landmark. More's the pity. From the intersection of US highways 160 and 283 (west of Ashland or East of Meade, Kansas) the entrance to the preserve is 2 3/4 miles north.

    Mixed prairie grasses Windmill and a rare tree
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