The Big Well, advertised as the “World's Largest Hand-Dug Well” is located in Greensburg just 50 miles east of Minneola on US 54. This oversized well was completed in 1888 in order to meet the demand of the trains crossing southwestern Kansas. It was dug 109 feet deep and 32 feet in diameter with tools of the day—shovels, picks, and pulleys.

For the brave of heart, take time to descend the metal stairs into the well and contemplate the effort that went into the building of this structure.

Located in the same building is a 1,000 pound Pallasite meteorite, discovered in 1949, which is thought to be world’s largest--or was considered the largest until a recent find in the same area. The Pallasite boulder--probably the result of an ancient meteor shower--was found in a farmer’s field in the area.

 

   
 
 
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