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.