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Posted 5/10/2013

Release no. 13-045

Kavanaugh Breazeale

Vicksburg, Miss…U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District (Corps) and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) are partnering to present historical information about Ford’s Well.


The informative presentation will be at the MDWFP North Mississippi Fish Hatchery on Saturday, 1 June 2013, at 2:00 p.m. The Fish Hatchery is located at Enid Lake, exit 233 on Interstate 55.


Ford’s Well, named for W.B. Ford, a native of South Carolina, is located on the south side of Enid Lake in Yalobusha County. Mr. Ford came to Mississippi form South Carolina after the Civil War and dug the well to supply water for his growing livestock herd. He soon found that due to the high mineral content, cattle would not drink the water. Due to this high amount of minerals, it was believed that the water had healing powers. A small community called Leggo grew around the well when Mr. Ford started selling the water throughout the southeastern United States.


Corps rangers Mike Robinson and Jackie Ferrell will present historical information about Mr. Ford and his journey to Mississippi. Many visitors enjoy the area today as they learn about the past and enjoy recreational opportunities that include horseback trails and primitive campsites on Spyglass Hill.  For more information about Ford’s Well and other recreational opportunities at Enid lake, contact the Enid Lake Field Office 662.563.4571.


Although the primary mission of Enid Lake is flood damage risk reduction, over 1.5 million individuals visit the 44,000-acre recreational area annually to enjoy the camping, playgrounds, swimming areas, several types of trails, fishing, boat ramps, marinas, and marina slips.  Enid Lake is one of the four lakes in north Mississippi maintained and operated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District.  Information on Corps lakes and recreational areas can be found on the Vicksburg District Operations Division’s website at