Welpman Springs, Stover, MO 65078

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Posted: March 6, 2014

Category: Missouri, United States, View All

517 Hatchery Rd
Stover, MO 65078
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It was discovered in 1929, by two German immigrants, H.K. Welpman and Albert Fagen, and used to start one of their many business ventures called Missouri Goldfish Company. Now known as the Missouri Goldfish Hatchery, it was continued by H.K.’s son Carol Welpman and is still in operation today, under the guidance of his (third-generation) son, Randy Welpman, and fourth generation grandsons Bryan and Daniel Welpman. In the late 1990’s, Randy, continuing on his father’s and grandfathers legacy and entrepreneurial spirit, began the process of utilizing the spring through the use of an artesian well with a flow rate of up to 1,000 gallons per minute to sell the spring water to bottling plants.

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  1. Maggie says:

    I just called this place and they are open Mon-Fri 8am – 4pm. I talked to Randy Welpman at (573) 377-2343. He gave me his personal number to call and he would let me in if they weren’t open at the time. You would retrieve the water from inside their building it sounded like and I mentioned I would have large containers. He thought I would be traveling a long ways to get drinking water but said that he would give me as much as I wanted. I should have asked who bottles his water… Also he gave me different directions from what googlemaps said. Has anyone been here to collect water?

  2. Welpman says:

    Thank you for your interest in Welpman Springs. I just wanted to clarify that our source is a natural spring and not an artesian well.
    Also, directions to the location, you can see the office area just to the southwest of the dot created by googlemaps. It is the open area with buildings forming a semicircle, just at the end of a graveled road. It is funny, some GPS’s name one of the levees, right through the middle of the ponds, a public road.
    As you have discovered, we are a small and friendly family business that welcome visitors during business hours, and Randy is always happy to talk if he is around the office. We are happy to give area farmers water for their livestock, and occasionally help fill some pools, in addition to selling the spring water in bulk to bottling facilities. Anyone who wants to come get drinking water, you can have all you want, for free. It is delicious, the best water you will ever tasted, straight out of the source here. You will see our name as the source on only a few labels that actually do have our water. We welcome you and anyone who would like to come and visit our location. Some describe our property as being like a scenic park out in the middle of nowhere because we maintain the land so well. I do not know where you would be coming from, but we welcome you.

  3. marlaina ward says:

    I was wondering if you treat your water, in any way? I was trying to get away from all the crap that tap water has. No flouride or chemicals? I would be coming from Tonganoxie ks. How far is it from KCK?

  4. Welpman says:

    Clarification and correction from the previous comment about coming to get all you want. I apologize for the misstatement. We are in the business of selling spring water, so any quantities more than a simple sample would be subject to purchasing rates established by the owner, Randy Welpman. My previous post was incorrect in stating you could come get all you want for free. Again, we are a business, but do appreciate the interest in our high quality spring, and welcome anyone to come try it, straight from the source. Not treated by anything. Please accept my sincere apology.

  5. Sharon says:

    So how much would you charge for say, a gallon jug?

  6. Kristy Penick says:

    I am very much interested in obtaining some of the spring water. I would be coming from Southern IA. I would like to know how much the water cost and the maximum quantity I could purchase. Thank you ahead of time for any response to my questions.

  7. Stefanie says:

    Hello! I am interested in pricing on water as well. I live about 2 hours away in Macon and would love to find out more about how to get pure, natural, great tasting drinking water for my family!

  8. Lon Clark says:

    How much do you charge for a gallon? I will be coming from Kansas City and some of my friends will request your water too. Thanks…

  9. Susan Foster says:

    How much would you charge to fill a 5-gallon water jug?
    Thank you.

  10. clarissa says:

    Hello, I have 3 questions:

    How much is 1-gallon of water?

    Is there a maximum limit amount of water I can purchase?

    Do I bring my own bottles/jugs to fill?

  11. Margie Christofferson says:

    How long will the water stay fresh? Does it need to be refrigerated?

  12. George Blowfish says:

    When my parents were alive, I’d visit them in Hot Sorings, AR and bring back around 50 gallons of natural spring water to KC. Can I bring some 5 gallon water cooler jugs to Stover and pay you for 50 gallons of spring water? I could make a day trip from KC to see you. Please advise as to whether that’s possible.

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