50,000 gallons per minute – Old Jumbo Geyser in Belle Plaine
When the city of Belle Plaine, Iowa wanted a new water source, they put out a bid for the work. The award went to the lowest bid – Willy Weir, who had dug numerous wells. From the original two-foot hole, the water blasted 50 feet into the air, releasing up to 50,000 gallons per minute.
Numerous laborers and individuals assisted with trying to stop the geyser, but it continued to flow for 14 months! Eventually, local foundry owner, George Palmer, came up with a solution to finally silence the geyser. However, during the 14 months that the geyser flowed, the news traveled far and wide and it was nicknamed “the eighth wonder of the world”.
Address: 801 8th Ave, Belle Plaine, Iowa