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Gill Well

Posted by Paula B. 
Gill Well
September 10, 2017 06:02PM
I've written about the drilling of the Gill Well, its famed mineral water, the Gill Well Sanitarium Co. (which was located on Maple Avenue, just north of the MKT tracks), the straightening of Maple Avenue which spelled the end of the sanitarium and natatorium, and about the Highland Park "watering station" and public drinking fountain on Lakeside Drive which dispensed "Gill water." If I've made any egregious errors, I'd be happy to correct them! My Flashback Dallas post is here: [flashbackdallas.com]
Re: Gill Well
September 11, 2017 08:55AM
Paula B. Wrote:
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Thank you Paula, I enjoyed this report immensely, as well as the related one you linked. In fact, I have enjoyed every one of your articles that I've read. Perhaps they will eventually become a book?

Is the "well" near Exall Lake mentioned by "North Dallas Girl" in this thread ( [phorum.dallashistory.org] ) the same as or related to the Gill Water Well near the same location?

BTW, in the photo of Reverchon Park, near the lower left corner of the park, there is an area that looks like some sort of semi-circular structure, though not evidently of masonry. In fact, it looks more like whatever was there is gone, and only earth remains. Could that be where the spigots in a semi-circular arrangement were?

Thanks for bringing us your reports.

Dave McNeely
Re: Gill Well
September 11, 2017 10:31AM
Dave, I believe they are one and the same. The pagoda was long gone by the early 50's when my memories of our visits to the park begin.

Victoria Snyder Alvey



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Re: Gill Well
September 11, 2017 12:48PM
Thank you, Dave! As Victoria said, I'm pretty sure it's the same location. As far as the photo, I'm not sure. If anyone who posts here remembers exactly *where* in Reverchon Park people filled up their jugs and bottles, I'd love to know.

Paula
Re: Gill Well
September 26, 2017 10:17AM
I always stopped by the "well water" spigots on Lakeside Drive I rode my bicycle all around that area when going to the Swimming Pool.
That "mineral water" smelled and tasted AWFUL.
Only saw very old people with their "glass 1 gallon jugs" getting this "water" to take back to wherever they lived.
Re: Gill Well
September 26, 2017 01:31PM
Mr. Chuck, if that was during your childhood, I'm sure that like with me, anyone over 40 looked to be "very old."

Dave McNeely
Re: Gill Well
September 27, 2017 08:26AM
Between the age of 6 to 13, My summers were in the Highland Park swimming pool. After that age, my summers were spent at gas stations pumping gas and doing grease jobs and installing new tires.
The HP swimming pool was run by Mr Jeffers who when I was in High School, was the math teacher and student consultant.
That "mineral water" as it was called, was an "elixir" for gray headed old people, who drove Buick's.
The Cadillac's were mostly driven by chauffeurs in Highland Park.
That mineral water was free-flowing out of the spigots. The drips of it stained the concrete basins yellow/brown! This "water" also stank!!!!
Last Saturday, I drove into Highland Park for it's High School Class Re-union they have every September. My grad class is Summer 1956.
But after it was over, I drove WEST on Mockingbird till I got on the Freeway and headed South for my safe home in Gun Barrel City.
Traffic Jam solid until I got to US Hwy 175 going South towards Kaufman,TX. Then through Mabank,TX.
On morning TV Channel 4,,,I see this continual traffic jam of South Bound drivers from the Northern bedroom cities on every morning here on TV. Everything North of NorthWest Highway is foreign to me, as I have purposely not driven past it since High School.
I wish them well and safe passage.
I remember Frisco in 1956 as I hunted "doves" around the 2 "grain elelvators" there, as that was ALL there was in Frisco at that time.
It is just too dangerous for me to drive thru the Dallas ghetto neighborhood these days,even though I am armed 24/7/365.
I have not been to the Texas State Fair since sometime in High School.
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