Well Bucket

well bucket
Creation Date:
ca. 1900-1930
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In the Blacklands of East Texas, depending on your location and resources, your water may come from a creek, a cistern (usually of rainwater), or a well. To find water for a well, you’d have to dig anywhere from thirty to one hundred feet. You’d have to drop the bucket upside down, or else it would float without collecting any water. Or you could use a bucket like this: a valve opened the bottom of the bucket once it hit the water, sinking the bucket immediately. When it was raised, the valve closed, keeping the water as you pulled the bucket up.

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