John Barker Springhouse, Canton, OH


Posted: October 9, 2009

Category: North America, Ohio, United States, View All

Monument Rd at the intersection of 17th St NW
Canton, OH
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It is a springhouse with stainless steel sinks and faucets that is maintained by the city. It is along the roadside at the edge of the park and has a small area to park.

Additional info:

Nearest Address

Monument Rd at the intersection of 17th St NW

Directions from Nearest Address

From 77 South turn right onto Fulton Ave (from 77 North turn right on Fulton) follow Fulton Ave to Monument Rd (Woody’s Rootbeer stand is on the corner. ) Turn right on Monument. The spring will be a short ways on the right hand side.

Vital Information

  • Fee: No Fee
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: N/A
  • TDS: 720
  • Temp: 60 F
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:

24 hours


Submitted by: Brandy Breslin

  1. Lolli S says:

    Does anyone know the current water quality of this spring? I will be in the area and don’t have a TDS meter….

  2. BB says:

    Where is the source of this water? It’s a sketchy neighborhood; how can we be sure the water is clean?

    • SpclK says:

      The pinpoint on the map is at the wrong location. It should be at 1611 12th St NW, Canton, OH 44708 or GPS 40.809732, -81.391178. It’s located beside the West Branch Trail of Herbert L. Fisher Walking Track that runs through Stadium Park. It’s close to the corner of 12th St. NW and Monument Rd. NW. There’s parking for seven vehicles. The City of Canton constructed the spring house with stainless steal sinks and faucets for sanitation and public convience, and tests the water. The spring house is wheelchair accessible.

      When I live in Canton back in the mid 1990’s, I went to this spring house often to get water. It was some of the best water I’ve ever tasted. It hits the spot and tastes very good after walking the track. Should I be back in the Canton area, I’ll make sure to have a few jugs with me for the water.

      Incidentally, after a hike and a long drink of water, walk, bike, or drive to another great Canton institution… Taggart’s Ice Cream Parlor at 1401 Fulton Rd. NW, Canton, OH! Taggart’s has the best ice cream, and they make it themselves. My favorite back in the 1990’s was Peanut Butter Fudge, and it was great! After some great ice cream, head back to the track to walk it off and then get some more water at the spring house. 😉 LOL

      • Deleted User says:

        Thank you for providing us with the proper coordinates. The map has been adjusted. 🙂 -The Find A Spring Team

        • Rachel says:

          Actually, the original pinpoint was correct. The spring is NOT at 12th Street, it’s where 17th dead-ends at Monument Rd. I have lived in Canton my entire 37 years and have used this spring many times… AND it’s right by a family friend’s house. I am very familiar with this location, and it is definitely not at 12th and Monument Rd. That building is a public restroom.

  3. Megan says:

    Why is the water not running today. It’s great water

  4. Jim says:

    This spring’s pump is currently not in service. I’ve been told by the Canton City Park Dept that the building is going to be rebuilt and back in operation by the end of the year.

  5. Jamie Rigney says:

    Currently there is some construction going on in the area, and the springhouse is currently inactive. Not sure when it will be back on. I asked the construction worker and he couldn’t give me an answer.

  6. Marie says:

    This spring is closed through the end of December 2016.

  7. JEAN HAGHIRI says:

    Just went and it is under reconstruction. A local said there were problems with the pipes so it was being rebuilt and would reopen. Don’t know when this will be completed.

  8. when will the spring be open?

  9. Sue Bishop says:

    It is now reopen!

  10. Ellen Blackwell McDade says:

    The springhouse is finished and now open

  11. robert says:

    the pin on the map is wrong.
    it should be
    Latitude – Longitude:

    Lat: 40° 48′ 54.8172″
    Long: -81° 23′ 29.9364″

    Also the spring is back in operation, though the water is now controlled by 2 electronic buttons, one of them is broken already last I was there.

    As for water quality, its an artesian well, water filters through layers of rocks, also the city tests it quarterly I believe. Only problems come with the pipes that bring it to the surface. And they are all new. Lot of minerals, when I use it to make coffee I have to descale the coffeepot more often.

  12. This is some of thee most delicious water I have ever tasted

  13. The wellhouse has reopened and is still tasting great.

  14. Leo Michael says:

    The source for this spring house is the Sugarcreek Aqufier … all Canton city water is drawn from the Beach City/Sugarcreek wells that they maintain and pump up to Canton .. this water is pure well water before it gets treated … Ohio Food, Drug and Dairy as well as Canton Board of Health regularly test it and test results are public record … Great Tasting Water!

  15. Dee says:

    As of May 10th, 2019 the new spring house is up and running. I did not stop, but will be soon, and I’ll take a photo.

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