After we purchased this property, the boys found this well near the old homestead. Thankfully it's been surrounded by barbed wire. Can you see it back there?
|Can you see the barbed wire back there?|
|Cooper with the brush mower clearing a path to the well.|
|Landon and Barrett getting ready to try and pump water out of the well.|
|Barrett was trying to get the end of the hose into the water. The hose didn't want to stay; it kept curling up.|
|The top of the water was about 6-8 feet from the top of the well.|
|The boys figured the water in the well was about 20 feet deep.|
|Still trying to get water out of the well with the pump.|
|And here was the problem; at least a big part of it!! The inside of the housing was coated with tar!|
|After cleaning out the housing, he was still trying to get the pump to work. It's not sucking up water.|
|Shane came to offer his advice (a meeting of the minds).|
|Landon priming the pump.|
|Finally, we struck liquid GOLD!!|
|This bucket is stuck in the concrete and there is a hole in the bottom of bucket from corrosion. Maybe this was a holding spot for the bucket that they used to get water out of the well? Any ideas?|
This well hasn't been used in over 100 years and there is still water in it. We wanted to try and pump water out so we could see if it filled up again. And if it did, then we could use the water to water our garden that we would like to put in near the bottom of this hill.
July 11, 2014