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Cedar Spring: Dead or Alive????

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Cedar Spring: Dead or Alive????
« on: January 28, 2019, 12:08:29 PM »
Iím currently reading Homer Wilsonís daughterís memoir, Beneath the Window, about growing up on her fatherís ranch in Big Bend (before it became a park in the 1940ís). She frequently mentions family, friends, ranch hands, and interlopers camping at Cedar Spring, up Blue Creek Canyon, and her descriptions make it sound like an active spring.

Iíve camped near Cedar Spring maybe half a dozen times over twenty years and never seen any sign of water. Great spot to camp, but I never count on it as a water source. Granted, I havenít conducted an exhaustive search, but still I am wondering: was it once wet, and now dry? Does anyone out there know anything about this spring, either currently or historically?


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Re: Cedar Spring: Dead or Alive????
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2019, 12:31:52 PM »
Donít know much, but itís always been dry when Iíve walked past it. There is a pipe that seems at one point to go all the way to the Blue Creek Ranch. Considering Homer Wilsonís extensive water projects maybe the thatís how most of the water got there in the past.


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Re: Cedar Spring: Dead or Alive????
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2019, 01:34:54 PM »
Donít know much, but itís always been dry when Iíve walked past it. There is a pipe that seems at one point to go all the way to the Blue Creek Ranch. Considering Homer Wilsonís extensive water projects maybe the thatís how most of the water got there in the past.

Yeah, I've seen that pipeline. It's one of the most interesting parts of the hike up or down Blue Creek Canyon. Patricia Wilson Clothier talks about it in her memoir. IIRC, it goes all the way to Wilson Spring at the top of the canyon. I tried to reach Wilson Spring once and didn't quite make it. I think Flash might have made it all the way once. I definitely remember he tried.

I don't think that pipeline ever tied into Cedar Spring.  Next time I'm up that way, I'm going to set aside enough time (maybe most of a day) to fully explore the area around Cedar Spring. It looks to be in a ravine north of the trail, fairly forbidding, but might be fun to root around in.
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Re: Cedar Spring: Dead or Alive????
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2019, 07:17:26 PM »
That's a good read.

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Re: Cedar Spring: Dead or Alive????
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2019, 09:34:20 PM »
Donít know much, but itís always been dry when Iíve walked past it. There is a pipe that seems at one point to go all the way to the Blue Creek Ranch. Considering Homer Wilsonís extensive water projects maybe the thatís how most of the water got there in the past.


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There is a stone circular water tank on the ridge above BC Ranch. Itís east of the parking area and may have been a collection for water coming from up canyon.

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Re: Cedar Spring: Dead or Alive????
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2019, 10:25:20 PM »
Donít know much, but itís always been dry when Iíve walked past it. There is a pipe that seems at one point to go all the way to the Blue Creek Ranch. Considering Homer Wilsonís extensive water projects maybe the thatís how most of the water got there in the past.

Yeah, I've seen that pipeline. It's one of the most interesting parts of the hike up or down Blue Creek Canyon. Patricia Wilson Clothier talks about it in her memoir. IIRC, it goes all the way to Wilson Spring at the top of the canyon. I tried to reach Wilson Spring once and didn't quite make it. I think Flash might have made it all the way once. I definitely remember he tried.

I don't think that pipeline ever tied into Cedar Spring.  Next time I'm up that way, I'm going to set aside enough time (maybe most of a day) to fully explore the area around Cedar Spring. It looks to be in a ravine north of the trail, fairly forbidding, but might be fun to root around in.

Flash stood on the edge of the ravine and spied water running down the rock wall from fissures on the far side. Did not venture into the jumbled mess below. Might maybe try another tack in the indeterminate future...

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Re: Cedar Spring: Dead or Alive????
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2019, 08:33:55 PM »
Flash did better than House.


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Re: Cedar Spring: Dead or Alive????
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2019, 08:57:25 AM »
I climbed up the drainage last year, and did not see any water.  It looks to me that all the vegetation needs to be removed, and the spring would start running again.  Very nice colored rocks in there.  That's me up in the Blue shirt.

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Re: Cedar Spring: Dead or Alive????
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2019, 10:11:53 AM »
I climbed up the drainage last year, and did not see any water.  It looks to me that all the vegetation needs to be removed, and the spring would start running again.  Very nice colored rocks in there.  That's me up in the Blue shirt.

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Hahahaha! It took me awhile to find you, Elhombre. Yep, you made the very climb I was thinking about. Thanks for doing the work.  That answers my question.  Sure would be nice to see the spring restored. Reading Patricia Clothier Wilson's memoir, it sounds like it was pretty reliable a hundred years ago.
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Re: Cedar Spring: Dead or Alive????
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2019, 10:29:42 AM »
I almost gave up and then finally spied you.

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Re: Cedar Spring: Dead or Alive????
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