Artesia Chapter of Belle Plaine, Iowa, was organized June 28, 1946.
We are named for an
artesian basin that runs under the town. In August 26, 1886,
community leaders decided to have a well dug for fire protection.
The drillerís work took a turn for the worse when he attempted to
use the force of the water to enlarge the two-inch bore to three
short time, the three-inch hole became three feet. The water
fountain shot five feet into the air. No one knows the exact
amount of water that escaped, but it is estimated that 30,000 to
50,000 gallons of water shot out in the beginning. Quickly, the flow
began to lessen. Two weeks later, a University of Chicago professor
figured about 2,000 gallons per minute flowed into Belle Plaine.
with the water came a lot of sand. It is estimated that 500 to 1,000
carloads shot out of the three-foot hole. Fossil wood and
large stones were thrown out as well.
thirteen months, locals and professionals worked to get the 193 foot
deep Jumbo Well under control. Today on the corner of Eighth Street
and Eighth Avenue, sits a large granite rock as an historical
marker. In 1955, the Artesia Chapter of the Daughters of the
American Revolution added a bronze plaque on the rock that notes the
location of the famous Jumbo Well.
of our chapter
Jumbo Well Ceremonies at Jumbo Well Days in September. We also
attend the local Veterans' Day Program at Belle Plaine High School in
November. At this program we give out the DAR Good Citizen Award to
a local high school student. We celebrate Constitution Week in
September by placing displays in the Belle Plaine Museum and the
Belle Plaine Library, and we give items to the Belle Plaine Nursing
Home. We also have a member that volunteers at the Veteranís
Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.
Iowa State Regent
"God, Home, and Country"
“Preserve the Past, Enhance the
Present, Invest in the Future.”
2012 - 2014 State Theme
Hands of Friendship
Working Together to Build Membership
"Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak, for your work
shall be rewarded."
2 Corinthians 15.7