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Old well?

Bmish55

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Oct 18, 2020
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On our land we have an old well with a windmill above it, so we know it is a water well. We have another stone ring that looks like another well, but in the side has a metal grate built in. Is this a water well or something else? Is outhouse site? Here is what it looks like inside and a pic of the metal grate. Thought maybe someone who does a lot of bottle digging would know what i am looking at.
 

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Bmish55

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Oct 18, 2020
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Kansas
Looks like a well, not sure what would be in it if still full of water. I dug a 15 feet deep Well before that was filled to top with dirt, AND some old Bottles like Cobalt Blue Hutch's. LEON.

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Cool picture! I was leaning more towards well rather than outhouse. It's just that metal grate that was throwing me since the other well doesn't have one. Makes me wonder what its function is.
 

swpender

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Cool picture! I was leaning more towards well rather than outhouse. It's just that metal grate that was throwing me since the other well doesn't have one. Makes me wonder what its function is.
Keeps the critters out and prevents small loved ones from falling in?


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UncleBruce

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They would not have put an outhouse next to the well for sanitary reasons. If you know where the back door of the home was/is they were usually straight out from the door on the property. Depending on how large the property was (and how cold the winters get) sort of determine how far away from the home it would be located. For fragrance reasons not too close.
 

Bmish55

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Oct 18, 2020
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The well with the windmill still on it is very far away from this one. This one is closer to a pond. I wish i knew for sure if there was a house on the property. I haven't found any remains of one but haven't looked any harder than just on the surface.
 

UncleBruce

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The well with the windmill still on it is very far away from this one. This one is closer to a pond. I wish i knew for sure if there was a house on the property. I haven't found any remains of one but haven't looked any harder than just on the surface.
If there is no house and if there is dumping it would have been like a trash ditch. There would have been no need for an outhouse. It sounds like the wells were not used for debris.
 

Bmish55

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Oct 18, 2020
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Kansas
I'm guessing this is probably true. In the 5 years we've owned the land, it has always been full of water so we may never see the bottom! Lol. Still a neat little feature. Maybe that grate is simply for water overflow.
 

Venor_Thesaurus

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Try using


You can pull up old maps using your address. Aerial photos only go so far back, but also some of the scanned topo maps will show approximate locations of structures.


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Bmish55

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Oct 18, 2020
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Kansas
Thanks! I think those are the same photos i have looked at on the counties GIS map. I don't think i see any buildings, but some of the photos are pretty rough. So rough that i have a hard time seeing the wells that i know are there. Oddly enough though, a little airplane is in one of the old photos.
 

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