Carter Spring - Rush Springs, OK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hamquilter
N 34° 47.254 W 097° 57.141
14S E 595848 N 3849985
Quick Description: Carter Spring has been a favorite swimming hole for local residents for decades.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 6/21/2021 8:04:28 AM
Waymark Code: WM14E1T
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
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Long Description:
Rush Springs has numerous natural springs and was once a popular stopping place to water cattle along the Chisholm Trail. Carter Spring is not visible from the road, but nonetheless, easy to get to. It has been a "watering hole" for residents throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. A personal friend recalls many happy days swimming in the spring as a child in the 1950's.

The springs are associated with Rush Creek, whose origin is about a mile north. Rush Creek meanders south and east through Oklahoma until it enters the Washita River, southeast of Pauls Valley. To reach the spring, go to the metal walk-over stairs on Arapaho Street, just west of Jeff Davis Park. (N34 47.181 W97 57.122). You will see a faint trail across the grass field leading directly north to the wooded area. There is a wire fence, but it is okay to slip between the barbed wire. Everyone does it. The land is privately owned but it is well-used with the knowledge and acceptance of the owner. Walk along the path in the woods a short distance until you reach the spring. The spring was originally worked on by the Carter Oil Company, and its water was used to operate their drilling operations in nearby Cox City. You will see a large, square concrete hole in the ground, filled to the top with cold spring water. The area is not monitored or restricted, but do use extreme caution, especially if you are accompanied by children. (A second concrete hole next to the spring is covered with green algae and gives the impression of being solid ground.)

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Public or Private Land?: Private

Public Land Fees?: 0

Private Land access?: See narrative

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Please post an original picture of the springs no GPS necessary along with your observations of the spring. What wildlife you saw if any and the condition of the springs. Water level was high, low. The area was clean, trashy ect. Any other knowledge or experiences you have had with this paticular spring that would help document it's history.
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