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    Big Pipe in Backyard

    Greetings, treasure hunters!

    While this inquiry may seem mundane, bear with me - Iíve done a lot of digging on my own, and have yet to uncover a suitable explanation for this very large pipe in the backyard of a home that Iím closing on shortly. Property is in the middle of nowhere, home is in the middle of the property in the middle of nowhere. Very rural. Well water, septic tank is about 150í from the house (with no record or disclosure of any additional septic tanks), buried power.

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    The pipe is about 20í tall, the base maybe 6Ē+ in diameter. I canít tell what type of metal itís made from - I donít know too much about that subject, unfortunately - but Iím assuming steel, since you can see the weld where the pipe width quickly tapers. From the third photo, you can tell that itís hollow. There is no hardware on the pipe that would suggest it was used as a flag pole, clothes line, or anything else similar.

    No one knows what itís for - not the realtor, not the individual I bought it from (who was the second owner of the home, bought it just a few years ago), none of the neighbors, nor the County.

    What it Isnít
    We can likely rule out these things:
    • Oil pipe
    • Natural gas venting
    • Capped well
    • Septic pipe
    • Sprinkler/irrigation


    I find it unlikely that itís a bunker (I mean, that would be a huge selling point, and Iíd happily pay more for a home with a bunker) though many people Iíve spoken with about it have suggested that.

    Have any of you guys seen something like this before? Any educated guesses on what it might be, or how to go about finding out what it might be?
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    It gives me the creeps. I'd find out what it was there for before you close. Underground mining or old landfill vent comes to mind. I certainly don't know. It had a reason to be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    It gives me the creeps.
    Agreed, it's definitely got a creepy vibe to it, which is one of the reasons I'm so intrigued by it. So far, it's defied simple or obvious explanations, and each time it does, its mystery thickens.

    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    I'd find out what it was there for before you close. Underground mining or old landfill vent comes to mind. I certainly don't know. It had a reason to be there.
    The parcel on which the house sits is just a few hundred yards from the site of an old logging and mining ghost town (very early 1900s). There's not much of it left, and most of what is is on private property, but there may be something to your suggestion there.

    Also found these on the land:
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    You've answered your own question. It is a vent pipe leading down to a mine shaft. And that means there are tunnel(s) under your future property. Better go find out where they are = quick.

    You don't know if it's stable or not and as is would be a kid magnet. You also might try to research what is UNDERGROUND there.

    Once upon a time ago there was chromium mining in my county. The last mine closed during WWII. In the 1960's, my mother in law's neighbor woke up to find a massive sink hole 10' from their house. The mine had collapsed and they were left to fill it in. Their car almost became a casualty.

    Non disclosure is a clause in most states to back out of a contract. I'd be cautious and see what lies underground.

    Do you know what they were mining? The chromium was hard rock mining through a serpentine body.

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    Sign pole.
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    Smokey, I think you're right - it makes perfect sense. Thanks for the solid advice. I'll reach out to the county and the local historical society to see about getting more information, then go to the realtor with my findings.

    Do you have any ideas as to what kind of resources I could use to do further research?
    Last edited by magicuserbaby; Sep 16, 2019 at 06:15 PM.

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    ...

    but in your case it would be C.Hu. R. D.
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    time for another drink

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan m View Post
    ...but in your case it would be C.Hu. R. D.
    Haha! The thought crossed my mind, for sure...
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    On a more serious note, it looks like an anchor pipe for a logging operation, the items in your other photo also look like log moving equipment, something like a drag line.
    time for another drink

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    Just makes sure it's nothing hazardous. Or leads to something hazardous. Lots of county records and some historical societies have histories of the mines and other big business that was in your area once upon a time.

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    All the stuff seen in the last photo is sawmill related. Alan's theory on the pipe is a good theory.
    ďIt is best as one grows older to strip oneself of possessions, to shed oneself downward like a tree, to be almost wholly earth before one dies.Ē

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    Just makes sure it's nothing hazardous. Or leads to something hazardous. Lots of county records and some historical societies have histories of the mines and other big business that was in your area once upon a time.
    Very good call. And to answer your previous question, it was iron that was being mined. I'll start digging into records as I can find them online, and maybe pay a visit to the historical society this week. Again, thanks for the advice!

    Quote Originally Posted by alan m View Post
    On a more serious note, it looks like an anchor pipe for a logging operation, the items in your other photo also look like log moving equipment, something like a drag line.
    That would make sense too! I thought the cars/rails didn't look like they were for mining, but couldn't figure out what they'd be used for otherwise. This would obviously be the preferable answer - I really don't want to have to jump ship on this house (and the future farmstead) because the earth is full of spooky and potentially unstable tunnels.
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    I didnít know the used rails for logging .. Thought it was chained pulled out by tractors or horses before that. Interesting.
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    Flagpole? (Doubtful!)

    I wonder why the pole is tapered half-way up?
    Given what we've learned in the thread, I'm inclined to go with something to do with prior use of the land, namely, mining operations.

    Be sure to let us know if you ever get a definitive answer!

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    Look at your last picture and compare the ingredients with the ones shown here in a photo of an old frick mill
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