If you're a resident of Jasper County then the story of The Blue Hole is probably second nature. But there are probably some of us East Texans, including myself, who may not know about this jewel of East Texas.

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The Blue Hole has been called by some as the "accidental lake". Why? Well, the area it is on used to be a sandstone quarry according to wideopencountry.com. That sandstone was used to build the Sabine Pass Jetties and also for the Galveston sea wall that was built in the late 1910's.

But then in 1920, some miners were using dynamite to loosen some sandstone. The blast opened up an underground spring. That spring filled up the area dug out for sandstone and the lake was born.

The lake has high alkaline levels which make it impervious to algae growth but also cannot support wildlife. That's how it retains such a pure look. Some have even said that the lake contains healing properties because of it's high alkaline levels.

Here is the warning, the lake, and surrounding property, is privately owned. So, no, you can't just pull up in our swimsuit and jump in. If you want visit the Blue Hole, you will need to call ahead or you will be cited for trespassing. The owner has added a cabin that will hold six people, a beach and some other amenities to the property. The cool part is everything added was built using materials from around the lake.

Jasper County would be a short drive for some fun, family time. If you would like to visit the lake, call 936-875-3305 to set a time.

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