Shubuta, Mississippi: Famous Red Water Artesian Well

"The Famous Artesian Well," formerly promoted by town signs, pumps out oddly red water, which was once thought to have healing properties.

Address:
Station St., Shubuta, MS
Directions:
Sheltered beneath a gazebo on the southeast corner of W. Eucutta and Station Sts, one block east of MS-145/High St.
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Red Water Artesian Well.

Red Water Artesian Well

The water was indeed reddish, but the faucet was covered in algae/moss and stank of sulfur. Highly doubtful that it's still potable, or that it can be consumed without consequences. There's no sign, although the old gazebo is easy see from the road. Shubuta is literally a ghost town, which is more interesting to see than the brown water.

[Maneesha Bhatt, 03/27/2022]

The County describes the water as "soft" and "rich in sodium bicarbonate," with a "medicinal taste and deep tea color." It also mentions that Native Americans thought it was poisonous and refused to drink it.

Red Water.

Famous Red Water Artesian Well

Drove about 30 miles out of the way to see this "red water" well. It was definitely worth it to see the look on the boyfriend's face when we pulled up to a dirty well pumping sulfur water out in a desolate town! It took a while for the insane laughing to stop!

We bottled some for the memories, but I won't be drinking it.

[Lindsey, 01/15/2014]

Red Artesian Well.

Famous Red Water Artesian Well

Could not locate the "Shubuta: Home of the Famous..." sign, which was disappointing...Still, the attraction provided a good chuckle.

[Big Al Gnome, 07/08/2012]

Welcome to Shubuta sign.

Famous Red Water Artesian Well

This artesian well pumps out red water which is potable. It has a unique flavor due to the mineral content. It was thought at one time that the red artesian water was a medicinal curative.

[Carl McCaskey, 08/27/2010]

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