Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jacob’s Well called ‘coolest place’ in Texas, By Dalton Sweat Editor

  Wimberley’s hidden little swimming hole has been growing in popularity for years, and it seems the world has finally figured out just how amazing Jacob’s Well is.
The Huffington Post, a blog-based website that aggregates news articles and is one of the top 100 most visited websites, named Jacob’s Well the “coolest place to swim in Texas” on Sunday. 
They aren’t the only ones either. While the website didn’t rank the Wimberley swimming hole quite as high,it did name Jacob’s Well second best swimming hole in the state. The Houston Chronicle named it one of the top 21 swimming holes in Texas this summer also.

Zach Neuhalfen made it to Jacob’s Well for the grand opening from
Killeen where he is currently stationed at Fort Hood. He took in the
unique aerial view of the well before plunging into the water.
(Photo by Dalton Sweat/Wimberley View)
It was just a few years ago that a person from Wimberley could find a decently quiet afternoon in the cool waters of the well. Now, most afternoons the well is filled with people from all over the world. 
Those working at the Jacob’s Well Natural Area said that the traffic has increased, and after asking visitors how they heard about the well, they believe the increase in online publicity has made a substantial difference.
“It’s a lot of people,” David Baker, of the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association, said. “It’s almost loving it to death. I guess it is a good problem to have though, because I do think that people who experience the well and can be educated about what a special place that is hopefully builds a larger constituency of people who want to protect the water and conserve it.”
Some websites have given Jacob’s Well other names. Many tabloid-like websites throughout the internet have called it the most dangerous place to dive on earth with the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail calling it the “Dive of Death” after word got out that, over its history, eight people have died scuba diving in the well. The last death was in the 1980s.
For whatever reason they are showing up, it’s apparent that Jacob’s Well is no longer the hidden gem of Wimberley, rather it is one of the most popular places in the state of Texas. 

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