Once they got the well in I wonder if they installed a windmill pump and tank house or were advanced enough to use an electric pump and pressure tank. Looks like power lines behind the rig.
Great photo. Thanks!
is that a keystone drill rig ??? charley
Unless it is of highly unorthodox construction, that is not a powerline, but rather telephone.
I have a photo hanging on my office wall of a well driller's rig mounted on a Model T truck. Rumor has it that the picture was taken in Ashtabula County Ohio just about 12 miles from my office.
What about a hit and miss engine with a pump jack?
I expect power for the pump would depend on location. Out on the plains it would be a windmill. The fuel for that is free.
It could be power. Some of the old systems had only two wires. Ours in 1940 was 2 wires. When they installed the telephone, about 1943, they put up one wire which consisted of two wires wrapped in insulation.
Actually, it looks like some small town neighborhood (or larger city neighborhood near the edge of town) is getting public utilities. The well casing near the rig is a different size than the stuff on the foreground. Stuff in the foreground looks like sewer pipe instead of well casing. My guess is the wires are actually the old two wire system as Norm suggests.
Did any of you ever think that maybe he is drilling an ink well for the local school.
I maintain 13 different water wells and the casing sizes vary from 6" diameter to 16" diameter.
I thought of another way you could put a taillight switch on without forgetting to turn on or off the headlights. Put the switch in series with the headlight switch but between the battery and the headlight switch. Run the taillight wire directly to the new switch. Then use the new switch to turn on the lights. You would have to turn that switch on in order to use the headlights and that would automatically turn on the taillight. You could still use the original headlight switch to switch from low to high beam, or to turn on the headlights. When you park, check to be sure the taillight is off. I presume you already check just in case the brake light switch is stuck, which sometimes happens if the brake pedal does not go all the way back. Mount the switch in any non conspicuous location.
Sorry I posted on the wrong thread.