Historic Markers Across Alabama

Perine Well

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Location: on 6th South Street, Cahaba, Alabama
County: Dallas
Coordinates: N 32° 18.684    W 087° 5.964
  32.3114    -87.0994
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


This artesian well was drilled to serve a factory which did not materialized. It was then used to water the grounds, a garden and pastures. In addition, by forcing water through pipes into his $50,000 home, E. M. Perine, a merchant prince, had the first air conditioning in Alabama. Fry's history relates that when drilled, this was the deepest known well in the world. Flow is now estimated at 1250 gallons per minute from a depth of 700-900 feet.

Erected by Cahaba Historical Commission.

End of Perine Well