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A resident discovered a mysterious sinkhole in Ronan Park over the weekend, and Boston city archaeologist Joe Bagley revealed today that the sinkhole actually leads to a historic 19th-century well.

According to Bagley, this was discovered by placing an iPhone with LED lights in the hole with string.

“Because of the way the well is positioned in the ground, it is currently underneath about 10 feet (three meters) of fill that was brought to the site to create Ronan Park in 1912,” Bagley said.

A sinkhole in the United States has led to a historic discovery. (CNN)

“The top of the well is 10 feet (3 m) below and the well is about 6.5 feet (1.9 m) deep. That makes the total opening in the park about 16.5 feet (5m) deep. Well is approximately 2.5 feet (76cm) wide. “

Bagley also said the reason the sinkhole formed was due to recent rain that loosened the soil on the ground.

He went on to explain the interesting story behind the well and how it became part of the land.

The sinkhole led to an ancient well. (CNN)

According to Bagley, a pastor from the nearby First Church in Dorchester bought the property in the 1790s and built a mansion at the north end of the park.

The land where the well ended remained undeveloped until it was purchased in 1818 by John F Pierce, a manufacturer of cabinets and pianos. He built a 10 acre property and lived nearby.

His estate was dissolved on September 22, 1871, and a widow named Mary L. Pierce, who according to Mr. Bagley was possibly related to John F. Pierce, ended up acquiring the property.

He found himself lowering an iPhone on a strap. (CNN)

Bagley says the well was built in 1818 by Mr. Pierce and his property or by Mrs. Pierce between 1871 or 1872.

“It’s one or the other at this point,” Bagley said.

“The well would probably have been abandoned in the 1870s to 1890s, when this area first received running water from Boston Water and Sewer.

“At that time, Mary passed away and the property was transferred to someone else named Hannah Bliss, who then sold the property to the City of Boston to become Ronan Park.”

The resident who found the sinkhole over the weekend called 311, prompting firefighters and Boston police to respond.

Ryan Woods, the Boston Parks and Recreation Commissioner, says the sump is being examined to make sure all drainage is intact before it is refilled.

“It should be refilled within the next two weeks. So by the end of this month, it should be back to normal, completely reseeded and completely refilled,” Woods said.

As of today, the hole had been blocked with barricades, police tape and a fence.


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