First Sight of Nature’s Gem

At about the age I was moved to St. Louis to start school, Albert Morrow was moved to Doniphan. In reverse expectations, Big Spring would remain a consistent destination for my family’s excursions to the area. Though living only an hour away, life circumstances altered those expectations for him. He never made his way to that popular attraction that feeds our crystal clear Current River until this summer, about the time he qualified to join AARP. He took it all in – sights, sounds, smells – and now understands the magnetism Big Spring has.

Two others in the nation compete for title of the largest one: Idaho’s Snake River Spring Complex and Silver Spring in Florida. The daily flow in each hinges on rainfall, so the title of largest is passed around accordingly. Big Spring’s average daily output is about 286 million gallons of water that flows into Current River. Big Spring became part of the National Park Service in 1969, but I was a regular visitor when it was still in the state park system.

If you have not yet witnessed this awesome wonder, put it on your to-do list before school starts this year. Be sure to stop by Jolly Cone in Van Buren as you head home. No trip to Big Spring is complete without it.

ThThis was first written for the August 2019 issue of Poplar Bluff Living.

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About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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