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Interesting find today..doing a little survey for parceling off a few acres around a house.
County Surveyor notes show that they set a "hard rock" in 1871 while performing a survey. They set them at the 4 corners of the SE1/4 NE1/4 and also set some stones to the west to survey off part of the SW1/4 NE1/4.
Some Farmer along the has gone to great extent to keep this stone safe. The stone is 2 foot deep in a 3'X3' concrete well. THe walls of the well look like they were poured against boards. the bottom of the well is just dirt. I didn't have the camera today but I am going to go back tommorrow or thursday and take some pictures.
We almost fell into the hole because grass had grown over the hole. At first we thought someone had dug it up recently since frost is still in the ground and sides looked really hard. we also thought it may have been a critter hole. The more we investigated we found it was concrete. In talking with the current farmer he said that no one ever told him about it but he said when he dozed the fence out to the south of this corner he dig pull a "big thing of concrete" out. So the old farmer must have also set this type of well around the other stones. I showed the current farmer the corner and he was amazed. He said that he would protect it and he was going to show his friends.
Another good day in the field.
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