History

Boiling Spring was an early landmark, even before Dayton was founded in 1854.  It is located near the center of Dayton and is about 45 feet wide with a quicksand bottom. It got its name from the sand bubbling/boiling constantly. It starts in one place, then stops and starts in another.  People say the most activity is around noon; I think they say this because that is the best time to see the sand boiling, with the sun directly above it. The early settlers made many trips here to take the sand and use it to scour their floors. There is no water supplying the spring other than what is boiling out of the ground.

The water never freezes because of the constant movement of the sand below and is always cold even on the hottest summer day. I have been told that farmers in the area used to go swimming while working the fields. The water is so cold they would tie a rope on themselves so someone could pull them out if they needed help.

The land that Boiling Spring sits on was bought by my parents, Clem and Merri Meserve in 1970.  They built a house on a hill that overlooks the pine trees that help protect the spring. They also started Boiling Spring Tree Farm on the 30 acres, growing Christmas trees.  Boiling Spring has not only watered thousands of Christmas trees but provided a place for trout fishing for my brother and myself while growing up.  It is a very peaceful and beautiful place to go and reflect about life.  That is how I named my company; thinking about the wonderful times I had and will continue to have at Boiling Spring.

 

History
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