Jacob’s Well in Texas.

Jacob’s Well in Texas.

There are many amazing places in the world that take your breath away. One such place is Jacob’s Well, which is located in the state of Texas in the United States.

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Where is Jacob’s Well located?

Jacob’s Well is a sinkhole located north of the town of Wimberley. The well is in the middle of Cypress Creek, whose name translates to “Cypress Creek.”

History of Jacob’s Well

The well runs vertically downhill under the water. Over a long period of time, underground springs have worked their way through the rock and out. Once there was a fountain running from under the well, but over time it weakened, and in the second half of the twentieth century there was a chasm, which was filled with water.

The formation is 3.7 m in diameter and 9.1 m deep. At the bottom it continues to branch into caves. The formation got its name from the famous Biblical spring located in the Holy Land in Israel. The only difference is that the Biblical spring was made by man.

Myths about the well

Over the course of its existence, the well has been “overgrown” with many legends.

One legend has it that if a person takes a dip in the well, then leaves it without turning around, and never comes back, they will never be out of luck. But people seldom comply with this condition and come back again and again.

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According to the second legend, the well is a symbol of the birth of life. The well has a huge supply of clean water, which is the basis of life on the planet. Bathing in it, you can find strength and health.

Dangerous Branches of Caves

Under the well there is a whole network of caves, each with its own individual characteristics.

People come from all over the world to dive and explore the caves. But alas, not everyone manages to get back.

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The beginning of the first cave is at a depth of nine meters, just after the end of the vertical well. The cave has good light and plenty of space. Here you can watch the beautiful fish, algae growing on the walls, and take beautiful pictures of the underwater world.

The entrance to the second cave is narrow, it is easy to get in, but it is not so easy to get out. For this reason, not everyone dares to go down here.

The third cave can be accessed through a branch from the second cave. It is located at a depth of 25 meters. The walls of the opening are made of very fragile rocks, and the slightest touch can cause them to collapse and close the exit.

To get to the last, fourth, cave is even more difficult. All the walls are made of limestone. The slightest touch on them immediately makes the water turbid, so that a person sees nothing and can lose orientation in space. No one has yet been able to fully explore this cave. For this reason it is called the virgin cave.

Jacob’s Well as a Treasure of Wimberley

The sinkhole is a real wonder of the state. Many tourists from all over the world come to the city to admire the well and take a dip in its crystal water. People are not even frightened by the deaths of scuba divers. The city authorities at one time even tried to block access to the attraction. Thirty-five years ago, iron bars and concrete walls were placed in front of the entrance to the creek. But that didn’t stop people from visiting it and diving into the caves. As time passed, all the fences were torn down and Jacob’s Well was recognized as a national treasure.

Jacob’s Well is a dangerous place for divers

Many divers have died while exploring the caves below Jacob’s Well. The cause of death is muddy water, narrow passages, loss of orientation and rockslides. For example, scuba diver Richard Patton died inside the third cave, because he could not get out of it back.

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Jacob's Well - a dangerous place

A total of eight people died. If an amateur enters a cave without proper training, he will not know how to behave in a stressful situation and may die. Also, if a person does not know where they are swimming, they can easily get lost in the branches of the cave and die from lack of air.

To avoid such cases, it is better to go down into caves with an experienced instructor and not risk your life.

What about the well now

To date, there is a threat of drying out of the well. This already happened in 2000/2008, but then it was filled with water again. The reason for drying out is the lowering of the water table.

To the source are constantly organized free excursions, which should be reserved in advance. They are held every Saturday.

If you do not want to wait, you can get on your own, by cab or by car. It’s only a few minutes from Wimberley town.

Be prepared for a lot of people around the attraction. It is almost impossible to choose a time when there are no visitors.

You can visit the Well all year round, but if you want to swim in it, it is better to choose the summer time. In winter, the water will be very cold. In winter, you can make beautiful pictures against a background of colorful scenery.

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In a spring near Wimberley, Texas, there is a network of underwater caves that are still unexplored. The main entrance to the caves is a four-meter diameter hole called Jacob’s Well. It is now a popular attraction where locals come to dive. The water is so clear that you can feel as if you are jumping into the abyss. But you have to be extremely careful – the underwater caves have buried quite a few divers who went to explore them. Jacob’s Well is only 10 meters deep, but it has at least four deeper offshoots, following one another.

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Let’s take a closer look at it …

The first cave ends at a depth of 16 m. This cave is quite well lit, with fish and algae. The second cave is located at a depth of 24 m and has a very narrow entrance. This is the one to be afraid of! This is where divers most often die. The third cave has a small opening with loose gravel. Divers try to swim past it carefully without touching it. The way to the fourth cave is even more difficult – it is practically nobody explored, so it received the characteristic name “Virgin”.

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It seems that 10 meters is not the limit, but the well has many branches, which have not yet been explored. To date, recorded eight deaths of divers who died trying to explore the well.

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Today the source, which was previously considered eternal begins to dry out, but a few millennia ago, Jacob’s Well was a geyser-like and powerful stream of artesian water throbbed to a height of 10 meters. The lowering of the aquifer led to a lowering of the water level in the well. Since then (second half of the twentieth century) began the history of exploring the caves by diving.

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After that, in 1980, to prevent accidents the entrance to the well was blocked by installing bars of rebar and concreting one of the chambers of the cave, but it stopped the curious divers for a short time and all these additions were eventually removed. Nowadays, tourists often visit this spring and even dive into Jacob’s Well, for it is one of the most significant natural, geological treasures of the state of Texas.

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And here is another one by the way.

Jacob’s Well (Bir Ya’qub) is a deep (about 35 meters) well carved in the rock in Nablus.

In religious tradition, the well has been associated with Jacob for over two thousand years. Located near the archaeological site of Tel Balata (probably the Biblical Shechem) on the northwest side of Mount Garizim.

At present Jacob’s Well is in a crypt under the altar of a large Greek Orthodox church dedicated to Photinia of Samaria. The church is part of the Orthodox monastic complex.

The well itself is revered not only by Christians, but also by Jews, Samaritans and Muslims. It was on religious grounds that Abbot Philumen was brutally murdered here in 1979 by fanatical Jews, after which the killers desecrated the church, causing material damage as well.

Here are more interesting and famous underwater caves: here’s a look at the Blue Grotto of Malta, and here’s the famous Orda Cave. Remember also about the Marble Caves of Chile and of course Dahab. Blue Hole and Dean’s Deepest Hole

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