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Ringel, John - Dugout

Farmer Township

Wabaunsee County

This arched cave is very peculiar in that it is built into the side of a steep ravine. It has a stone building built atop of it which is about 30 yards south of the main house on the property. The cave is entered via several steep stairs that descend around the back of the building. Then a single door is entered which allows you to walk directly into the cave itself. It seems a very odd placement for a root cellar, storm shelter or about any other room unless the building above or the cave itself was the original home on the property. The cave faces out to the south to what is now (and has been since the 1870’s) a railroad track. The chamber was used to store root vegetables during its history as made clear by the still mostly standing potato bins, “meat” hooks and other boards that might have been shelves. The structure measures 16’(L)x9’(W)x 6.5’(H)