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Big Well

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315 S Sycamore St
Greensburg, KS 67054



View From Above The World's Largest Hand-dug Well. When The Santa Fe Railroad Proposed Building A Well To Supply Water For The Steam Locomotives The City Granted A Franchise And Construction Of The Big Well Began In August 1887. The Only Tools Used Were A Shovel, Pick, Half Barrel, Pulley, And Rope. A Mule Was Lowered By Means Of A Harness Into The Well When Construction Reached The Very Bottom. Construction Was A Masterpiece Of Pioneering Engineering. In 1888 The Well Was Completed. It Was 109 Feet Deep And 32 Feet In Diameter. Also Featuring A Pallasite Meteorite Weighing Over 1,000 Pounds In The Gift Shop. Temporary Gift Shop Is Open On Site And Well Is Open For Viewing From Above. Plans Underway For New Museum And To Reopen Well For Tours. Groundbreaking Planned For New Facility Spring 2010.


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