So, I just discovered something in my yard...

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  1. alphie

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    And no it is not a dead body or a secret hatch. :lol  At least I don't think it's a hatch. :confused2 

    So, yesterday Kev (my hubby) was mowing the yard and as he took a step back his foot stepped into this massive hole and he fell backwards. Luckily he didn't break his ankle, but it did get him to investigate what the hell it was. When we moved in three years ago we knew about a little hole in the yard and didn't think anything of it. But, I guess with all the rain that my area got a few weeks ago it eroded whatever it was down there. Later in the day, Kev picks me up from work and tells me his story. As soon as I get home I quickly went outside to investigate. I dig at the hole and discover a brick and a curved corner piece. When I pulled these pieces away, it opened the hole even wider and I can clearly see a vast cavern underneath the ground around four feet by four feet. I also noticed quite a bit of sand and a round edge. The area around the hole is very wavy and definitely unsafe to stand on. Now, I know when we bought the house it said our garage was farther back, nearer to the fence (you will see in picture) but this isn't anywhere near that. And there is no records of anything being there. All I can think is it's either an old building foundation or a well.

    Wow, sorry for the long post. :lol  Now for the pictures.

    Here is the brick. It reads: "St. Louis V & E. B. Co. Standard". It's very rough around the edges and appears to have sat underground for awhile. Strange that this is the only one I found so far.

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    And here is the curved piece of concrete. Can't tell in the picture, but the top is curved and has an edge.

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    Now the hole. That huge chunk in the top left is a large slab of concrete and right underneath it is the large cavern. All around the hole is sand that I had dug out to get the corner piece and brick out.

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    And the area itself. The hole is under the crate (put it there so the dog doesn't fall through). You can see how it's slightly leaning and all around that area, about five feet radius around it, is rather wavy. The garage use to sit in that empty area in the left of the picture. One side of the old foundation wall is barely visible through the grass and I always hit it when mowing. :lol 

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  2. Greyryder

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    Could be an old dry well. It's all I can think of. Kind of neat, other than the hole in the yard part.
     
  3. Turbocharger

    Turbocharger We should get more letter

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    Looks kind of like it says "St. Louis V&F.B.O.O. Standard"

    St. Louis _____& First Bank Of Ohio?
     
  4. Runamuck

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    I think that is so awesome. You live on top of a ghost town or somethin! lol

    Seriously, that would be cool if there were more stuff under there like that.
     
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    Hmmm... likely from the 20s to 40s from my guess. Google the name and see who it is. I think the hole was dug during the prohibition days for hiding hooch and other stuff. Definitely a "dry" well.

    To see more of the name on the brick, lay a piece of tissue paper over it and rub carchoal over it (get charcoal pencils from the craft store, along with the paper) to bring out more detail.
     
  6. alphie

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    You know, it's interesting that you bring that up. Our house dates to early 40's and that brick might be a little older than that. I know that our house was an afterthought when it was built. Basically it was like: "Hey, look, land!" :lol  And I did try google it, but couldn't find anything. :( 
     
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    It's the Batcave
     
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    QuantumShock Stay for brunch ?

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    Must be movie megatron, careful with your eyes though, unless you read the spoiler. :D 
     
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    Molemen.
     
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    Swan station?
     
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    Dollars to doughnuts there's a forum out there where, if you posted the brick image, they could tell you every last thing about its manufacturer.
     
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    Without a doubt.

    I'd agree, it sounds like a hub/cache for a Speakeasy route.
     
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    I bet wiseguys buried canadian whiskey there and perhaps a stoolie or two.
     
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    Have you shined a light in there? Or is it too dangerous to get that close?
     
  15. alphie

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    Streck - Definitely have to go on a hunt for one, see if anybody knows anything about this brick.

    MikeTSI - I tried to, but one I couldn't see anything. Might buy a battery for our larger flashlight to see if it will help.
     
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    Start digging for treasure.
     
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    For Alphie it would be a cache of TF oddities
     
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    maybe the hole goes all the way to china.
     
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    It could be an old septic tank. Watch out for petrified turds.

    I would NEED to know what the hell that was if I found it in my yard. I would find a way to see inside immediately, and if it was nothing I would fill it in. It doesn't look very safe.
     
  20. pscoop

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    That's pretty cool, wonder what's down there.
     

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