by Tom Uhlenbrock
SALEM, Mo. – Early settlers lowered an anvil on a rope into the turquoise waters of Montauk Spring in an attempt to measure its depth. The weight dropped 367 feet – longer than a football field - and stopped. Without reaching bottom.
“The anvil got so deep that the water pressure started pushing it back up again,” said Steve Bost, the naturalist at Montauk State Park, which is located where the spring emerged on the banks of Pigeon Creek.