Those efforts, spearheaded by Wallace Blakeley and local historian William Turner, resulted in the spring house being rebuilt and a historical marker erected near the site in 2006.
Now, due to some new damage, efforts are being increased again.
Extensive rain in June caused the left concrete stairway abutment to collapse on the steps, with large chunks of concrete falling within a few inches of the spring, Blakeley said. The right abutment, he added, is also unstable.
The cost of completely rebulding the abutments and stairway is estimated at $7,000, and a bank account for maintenance at the spring currently holds $1,200. An additional $1,000 has already been raised, leaving nearly $5,000 to go.
A meeting was held Tuesday night at Cerulean Baptist Church to raise local awareness. We’ll have a report in next week’s issue on that meeting and the next steps in the process.
I hold a personal level of interest in this story as a Cerulean native. It’s odd to think that Cerulean was such a hotbed of activity only 100 years ago, considering how little there is to draw people there now. The spring is a remarkable natural phenomenon, regardless of how many people live in or visit the community these days, and I’m happy to see interest in maintaining it.
However, it’s clear that some younger people need to take an interest in the spring so it isn’t forgotten 50 years from now. My current distance from the spring prevents me from taking a very active role, on top of my lack of engineering knowledge.
Hopefully, the spring will become a labor of love for someone else the way it has been for Blakeley and a few others.
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Those direct written responses are what we’re looking for. I know we have opinionated readers. Particular to the theme of last week’s piece (a future vision of Cadiz), I would expect a variety of responses.
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Justin McGill is general manager of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at email@example.com.