While working on his property in rural Keller in 1983, Joe McCombs not only found water, but also he discovered an important link to local history. The pure natural springs he discovered that day were the original site of the circa 1845 settlement of Double Springs, Texas. The settlement was later renamed Keller for the railroad boss who promised to establish a depot if the town would bear his name. Double Springs gradually migrated three miles south to be near the railroad depot. The springs themselves, abandoned and silted in, disappeared into the surrounding land, creating a soggy topography deemed unfit for development until McCombs’ discovery.
Today this bubbling local treasure gives up more than 200,000 gallons of pure spring water a day. McCombs built a rustic gristmill over the gurgling springs, as well as a pipeline to the current site of the Bulk Station and the bottling plant in downtown Keller.
McCombs is working hard to realize his dream of sharing the history and the treasure of the springs with fellow Texans. He renamed them “Samantha Springs” in 1993 in memory of his beloved three-year-old daughter, Samantha, who died waiting for a heart transplant. It is fitting that he has re-dedicated his life to helping families and workers in the area get the healthiest water possible at a truly affordable value.