Found a large man-made hole on my property

dave11October 10, 2011

Not sure where to ask about this. I was digging in a long-neglected bed at the edge of my property, and discovered a hole, 3-4 feet deep, and 2 feet across, lined by a rusted corrugated steel pipe. Empty inside, with gravel at the bottom. Had been covered by a layer of topsoil and clay about 3 inches thick. Only reason no one had ever fallen into it was because no one ever has reason to step there.

House was built in 1951, I suspect this structure dates to then or before. I would have guessed it was meant to be some sort of dry well, but can't for the life of me understand why it would have been left empty, instead of filled with stone/gravel. I don't see any sort of opening into the sides, but they are rusted pretty well.

Not sure how the topsoil and clay got on top of it, since it's too wide to support anything like that. Possibly it was once covered by wood or metal that decayed.

Does this sound familiar to anyone here?

Would everyone else fill it in? Guess I'm uncertain, since I don't know what it was for.

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Grasping at straws here. But was there a structure of some type on the property razed before your house was built - like a house and freestanding garage?

Only reason is that I have one of those in the middle of my garage - to drain off the snow clods that collect in the car's wheel wells and tire treads. Kind of a drain to nowhere seemingly unless originally hooked into storm water runoff pipes when it was initially installed. (Now it's been retrofitted to drain into a gravel filled planter behind the garage.) Mine sounds like what you're describing - same width and depth with gravel at the bottom and covered over with an official looking manhole cover.

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