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As a child growing up, I remember going to the deVine artesian well with my grandparents. I knew it wasn’t a long drive, but I couldn’t remember exactly where it was located. Finding this artesian well in northwest Oklahoma isn’t easy if you don’t know where you are going or what to search for. We were able to figure it out, though.
Recently, we went to the deVine artesian well near Cherokee, Oklahoma so my children could experience this and we could share a few memories about my grandparents. On the way there, we drove by Salt Plains Lake where we used to go camping. It brought back so many great memories and I am so glad I was able to share this area with them. We also went to the Great Salt Plains Crystal digging area while we were in the area.
When I would go to this artesian well as a child, my grandma would take along water jugs that were one gallon. She would fill them all up with this fresh water and take it home to use for drinking water for weeks. A lot of people still do this to get great free drinking water.
It can be difficult to find the artesian well if you don’t know how to get there. One thing to remember is that it is on Highway 11. While looking for an address, this was not easy to find online at all. Pamphlets that can be picked up at the artesian well say their address is 27933 State Hwy 38 in Jet, Oklahoma. You can still go in for free and fill up your water jugs.
Back in 2003, deVine Water was born. This water is said to be from the last Great Ice Age that happened 15,000 years ago. The glacier waters were trapped underground. When the water comes out of this well, it is very cold and healthy to drink right away.
Their website explains the details of how you can now buy this water in stores, but they left the artesian well for people to enjoy. Here is how it is explained and how the artesian well has changed over the years.
“In 2003, this artesian well and the adjacent property were purchased by the McDermott Living Trust from the Brickman Estate. This naturally pure water source is known as the “Artesian Well on Highway 11″. Located just north of the Great Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, the main well was drilled in 1954 and since that time, this premium water has been available to the public at no charge. The McDermott’s formed deVine LLC in 2003 to be the distribution arm for their water business. We wish to continue the free access as a means of service to local and area travelers while still bottling and selling this exceptional product for the consumer’s convenience. This concept is the foundation of the deVine slogan.”
Have you ever been to the deVine artesian well near Cherokee, Oklahoma? Do you have any great memories from visiting here? Let me know in the comments below!