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September 9, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Artesian Waters

Artesian Springs on Rustic Road 84

Artesian Springs on Rustic Road 84

Wisconsin has a set of 107 roads covering 600 miles throughout the state designated at Rustic Roads.

Rustic Road 84 is in Jefferson County, southwest of Madison. It is only a little over 2 miles long and ffollows the wandering Bark River. One of its features is a natural artesian drinking fountain located about midway between Rock River Road and County Highway N.

The water is bubbling forcefully out of a jerry-rigged metal pipe – cold, clear, refreshing. I wished we had brought a couple of empty gallon jugs to fill. Next time I head to that area I’m coming home with some Wisconsin spring drinking water.


  1. montucky / Sep 9 2008 4:19 pm

    I love those springs! We have one near here and there is always someone stopped there filling a water jug. There is even a body of local lore that gives the water special characteristics and many people use the water for most of their drinking requirements.

  2. ybonesy / Sep 9 2008 5:50 pm

    Oooh, I saw this on Flickr and really loved it. Looks so incredibly refreshing on a crisp summer-to-fall day. It’s also a great photo for honoring water.

  3. Marcie / Sep 10 2008 7:11 am

    Love how you’ve captured the water flowing. Wonderful image. WOW!

  4. Anna Surface / Sep 10 2008 7:26 pm

    Oh wow! Love the water splash capture! We have springs here that are piped out into water wells. But they do not look like this! Gorgeous capture. 🙂

  5. Gandalf / Sep 12 2008 7:40 am

    Makes me thirsty. Pretty cool how your camera caught the contour of the water flowing into the cistern.

  6. Amelia / Sep 12 2008 2:55 pm

    Looks like it is cold and refreshing. And free?

  7. Bo / Sep 19 2008 5:56 pm

    Yes, the water is free. People bring their jugs and fill up at the side of the road.

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