"Diamond Spring Campsite"
USGS Aerial Photograph

Diamond Springs Kansas

     The Diamond of the Plain. This treasure was in fact, discovered first by "Old Ben Jones" a hunter of our first party, on the 11th August, 1825. It is thus noted in my "Pencil Sketches" at the time. This Spring gushes out from the head of a hollow in the prairie, and runs off boldly among clean stones into Otter Creek, a short distance, it is very large, perfectly accessible, and furnishes the greatest abundance of most excellent, clear, cold water, enough to supply an army. There is a fountain inferior to this in the Arabian Desert, known as "The Diamond of the Desert". This magnificent Spring may, with at least equal prepriety, be called the Diamond of the Plain. We found it a most excellent camping place. A fine Elm Tree grows near to and overhangs the Spring. On the 10th and 11th June, 1827, I encamped here with my party (as above noted), during our stay I made requistion of "Big John" and his carving implements once more, to inscribe on the stooping Elm "Diamond of the Plain", which was promptly done, the tree has since been cut away I believe. The fountain is now generally known as "The Diamond Spring".
GEO. C. SIBLEY, Western Journal V. No. 3 (December, 1850)

     Diamond Spring, now rises in a concrete cistern and is piped to a nearby concrete stock tank. This location is on the private property of the Diamond Creek Ranch. Permission is required to visit this site.

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