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Old 11-04-2017, 12:31 PM   #1
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My buddy Thowin Darts bought a ranch in Young County this spring.

After the mirning hunt, we found an old well behind one of the feeder pens. Its probably 25 deep. When we shined a light down it, we were surprised to see a rat snake laying on top of a dead hog....Guess they both fell down recently.

At some point we want to go back with a meta detector. Were hoping theres an old homestead nearby.


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Old 11-04-2017, 12:33 PM   #2
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Old 11-04-2017, 12:33 PM   #3
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Old 11-04-2017, 12:34 PM   #4
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I’d definitely look at making a cover for that. It’s amazing how many hand dug wells are out there. Some of them still provide good water sources today.
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Old 11-04-2017, 12:53 PM   #5
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I second covering it, and preserve it.
It looks old, so maybe do a little research and try to find out the history of the property.
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Old 11-04-2017, 12:57 PM   #6
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Glad yall didn't find it the hard way.
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Old 11-04-2017, 12:58 PM   #7
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That is pretty cool. Would bet good money that there is an old home place near.

I would also try to fish that hog out.


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Old 11-04-2017, 02:23 PM   #8
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That is pretty cool. Would bet good money that there is an old home place near.

I would also try to fish that hog out.


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I dont see how we could get it out. Yuck!
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Old 11-04-2017, 02:24 PM   #9
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That's pretty cool!
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Old 11-04-2017, 02:25 PM   #10
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Cool find. Does it stink real bad?

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Old 11-04-2017, 02:35 PM   #11
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I dont see how we could get it out. Yuck!


I was picturing something along the lines of a hayhook tied to the end of a rope.


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Old 11-04-2017, 02:40 PM   #12
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Fish that hog out of there and cover it up to preserve the freshness of the water...
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Old 11-04-2017, 02:41 PM   #13
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Dump a couple of bags of lime down on it.
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Old 11-04-2017, 02:41 PM   #14
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Dude, Id watch out if I were you. Put a camera out there and see what you get.



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Old 11-04-2017, 02:43 PM   #15
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Could you imagine walking to your stand and taking a little fall?
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Old 11-04-2017, 02:57 PM   #16
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Could you imagine walking to your stand and taking a little fall?
No kidding. The only place on the ranch with ni cell service
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Old 11-04-2017, 03:01 PM   #17
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Fish that hog out of there and cover it up to preserve the freshness of the water...

Is the camp house on a well?
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Old 11-04-2017, 03:02 PM   #18
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Is the camp house on a well?

No. City water. This well is at least a mile away.
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Old 11-04-2017, 03:04 PM   #19
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That's a tough way to go.
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Old 11-04-2017, 03:14 PM   #20
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Old 11-04-2017, 04:11 PM   #21
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The smell coming out of that well was rank!
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Old 11-04-2017, 04:19 PM   #22
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Cool find
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Old 11-04-2017, 06:19 PM   #23
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Well, that stinks
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Old 11-04-2017, 06:20 PM   #24
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hog must be pretty fresh. doesnt look like its decomposing yet
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Old 11-04-2017, 06:23 PM   #25
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NICE! If it were mine, I'd get that hog out of there ASAP. Clean the well out and build a nice operable cover for it. That is a GEM!
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Old 11-04-2017, 08:48 PM   #26
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Old 11-04-2017, 08:51 PM   #27
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Sweet!
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Old 11-04-2017, 08:59 PM   #28
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How did it taste?
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Old 11-04-2017, 09:15 PM   #29
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I bet that was stanky
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Old 11-04-2017, 09:21 PM   #30
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My Dad bought a place years ago with three of them. We finally filled two of them in and only have one now with a cover on it. I guess the water table was lots higher than it is today. No water in any of them.
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I bet that was stanky
You could smell it from quite a ways off
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Old 11-04-2017, 10:32 PM   #32
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Hes way down in there.
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Old 11-04-2017, 10:39 PM   #33
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Id definitely look at making a cover for that. Its amazing how many hand dug wells are out there. Some of them still provide good water sources today.
Not sure Id drink from the one pictured...but Im a bit of a Nancy when it comes to the water I drink.
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Old 11-05-2017, 12:14 AM   #34
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Cool find, Would get a cover. Some little boy named Timmy might find it the hard way and Lassie have to go get help to save him. How many times did that kid fall in a well on those shows.
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Old 11-05-2017, 12:17 AM   #35
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Baby Jessica just wept...
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Old 11-05-2017, 05:08 AM   #36
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Is that a snake on his belly?
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Old 11-05-2017, 05:14 AM   #37
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I'm willing to that as old as that well is, that's not the first animal to fall in and die.

We have a shallow well like that on our place North of Aspermont, it's dry though.
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Old 11-05-2017, 12:54 PM   #38
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I think what you found is a "rainwater cistern". It was dug / built there to catch rainwater off of a roof.
Alot of old houses only had one exterior door and it went to the porch. Rainwater cisterns were usually on / at the porch side of a structure for easy access.
If the house had a straight gable, its usually located at the corner of the porch or out in front of the corner.
If the house was "L" shaped, they were usually at the inside corner so it would catch rain off the valley of two roofs.
They used some type of gutter to channel the water to them.
If you wanna look for the foundation location or outline, look for some type of natural material that would be used for piers for the structure. Might be just exterior or corners to support post only. Probably gonna be some larger sized rocks that are common in that area but may look out of place or in a line.
Rain, sediments, and time will sometimes partially or completely bury these so if you find something natural but out of place, you are on the right track.
Alot of times the entry door will face the South / South East to catch the rising sun coming up. Look at the drainage of the land. That may help you kinda figure out where to start. Water flow is probably gonna be away from the entry door.
Also, people back then had no trash service so waste was typically discarded into a pile or piles somewhere within a short walk. Is there maybe a ravine close by?
Some people would periodically burn these piles but there will probably still be glass, maybe some broken crocks, and probably some old tin containers still there. Sometimes there will be a larger than normal tree(s) where these piles are. I dont know if a tree(s) was a "marker" or if they grow there because of the waste. Hogs will root those trash piles even after 50 or so years, some of it may be on the ground or even scattered / washed (downhill) away from the original location by rain. Back then, there were no lawn mowers, so things that were dropped or set on the ground and forgotten about would disappeared even if it was not intended. Metal detectors are helpful for locating these types of things but look for the things used in construction .
Yall boys be careful and have fun looking for what treasures that rancher and his family left. Keep this thread up on what yall find.
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Old 11-05-2017, 03:00 PM   #39
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I think what you found is a "rainwater cistern". It was dug / built there to catch rainwater off of a roof.
Alot of old houses only had one exterior door and it went to the porch. Rainwater cisterns were usually on / at the porch side of a structure for easy access.
If the house had a straight gable, its usually located at the corner of the porch or out in front of the corner.
If the house was "L" shaped, they were usually at the inside corner so it would catch rain off the valley of two roofs.
They used some type of gutter to channel the water to them.
If you wanna look for the foundation location or outline, look for some type of natural material that would be used for piers for the structure. Might be just exterior or corners to support post only. Probably gonna be some larger sized rocks that are common in that area but may look out of place or in a line.
Rain, sediments, and time will sometimes partially or completely bury these so if you find something natural but out of place, you are on the right track.
Alot of times the entry door will face the South / South East to catch the rising sun coming up. Look at the drainage of the land. That may help you kinda figure out where to start. Water flow is probably gonna be away from the entry door.
Also, people back then had no trash service so waste was typically discarded into a pile or piles somewhere within a short walk. Is there maybe a ravine close by?
Some people would periodically burn these piles but there will probably still be glass, maybe some broken crocks, and probably some old tin containers still there. Sometimes there will be a larger than normal tree(s) where these piles are. I dont know if a tree(s) was a "marker" or if they grow there because of the waste. Hogs will root those trash piles even after 50 or so years, some of it may be on the ground or even scattered / washed (downhill) away from the original location by rain. Back then, there were no lawn mowers, so things that were dropped or set on the ground and forgotten about would disappeared even if it was not intended. Metal detectors are helpful for locating these types of things but look for the things used in construction .
Yall boys be careful and have fun looking for what treasures that rancher and his family left. Keep this thread up on what yall find.
Great info!
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Old 11-05-2017, 03:37 PM   #40
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Just hop in there and see what’s up.
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Old 11-05-2017, 04:51 PM   #41
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I think what you found is a "rainwater cistern". It was dug / built there to catch rainwater off of a roof.
Alot of old houses only had one exterior door and it went to the porch. Rainwater cisterns were usually on / at the porch side of a structure for easy access.
If the house had a straight gable, its usually located at the corner of the porch or out in front of the corner.
If the house was "L" shaped, they were usually at the inside corner so it would catch rain off the valley of two roofs.
They used some type of gutter to channel the water to them.
If you wanna look for the foundation location or outline, look for some type of natural material that would be used for piers for the structure. Might be just exterior or corners to support post only. Probably gonna be some larger sized rocks that are common in that area but may look out of place or in a line.
Rain, sediments, and time will sometimes partially or completely bury these so if you find something natural but out of place, you are on the right track.
Alot of times the entry door will face the South / South East to catch the rising sun coming up. Look at the drainage of the land. That may help you kinda figure out where to start. Water flow is probably gonna be away from the entry door.
Also, people back then had no trash service so waste was typically discarded into a pile or piles somewhere within a short walk. Is there maybe a ravine close by?
Some people would periodically burn these piles but there will probably still be glass, maybe some broken crocks, and probably some old tin containers still there. Sometimes there will be a larger than normal tree(s) where these piles are. I dont know if a tree(s) was a "marker" or if they grow there because of the waste. Hogs will root those trash piles even after 50 or so years, some of it may be on the ground or even scattered / washed (downhill) away from the original location by rain. Back then, there were no lawn mowers, so things that were dropped or set on the ground and forgotten about would disappeared even if it was not intended. Metal detectors are helpful for locating these types of things but look for the things used in construction .
Yall boys be careful and have fun looking for what treasures that rancher and his family left. Keep this thread up on what yall find.

Thanks for the info

There are several dry creek/ravines criss crossing through there. About 50 yds north is a large post oak that is much bigger than the others nearby.

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Old 11-05-2017, 04:52 PM   #42
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Is that a snake on his belly?
Yes, a rat snake. Maybe 4
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Old 11-05-2017, 06:40 PM   #43
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A few t posts and a hog panel wired into a circle is what I did to keep stuff out of the one on my property. Cool find!
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Old 11-05-2017, 06:58 PM   #44
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Nah, caution flag it and corn it for more hogs!

Every so often burn it down.
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Old 11-06-2017, 10:34 PM   #45
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Very cool
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Old 11-06-2017, 11:58 PM   #46
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Definitely a cistern. I’d fill it in ASAP. Pretty dangerous things. We have a concrete slab over the one at our deer camp.
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Old 11-06-2017, 11:59 PM   #47
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If you didn't say Young county I would have sworn that was in Caldwell county off Mineral Springs Rd- there is one nearly identical. Very cool find

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Old 11-07-2017, 06:38 AM   #48
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We came across a cistern on my family's place. Cleaned it up a little and found a name carved in the rock with the year "1933." After some research, we found out the name was the grandson of the land's previous owner. There's no telling what you can find hidden back in the woods. That hog/snake combo is pretty cool!
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We came across a cistern on my family's place. Cleaned it up a little and found a name carved in the rock with the year "1933." After some research, we found out the name was the grandson of the land's previous owner. There's no telling what you can find hidden back in the woods. That hog/snake combo is pretty cool!
Cool. Were gona give it a good look-see after deer season
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Old 11-07-2017, 07:03 PM   #50
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How deep is it? Shallow enough for an extension ladder to get you to the bottom? Reason I ask is that you were talking about metal detecting for artifacts around the area. Those, and where the outhouse sat, are often the richest areas.


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