Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum
a common sight in the fifties, yet no one
fell into the open shafts. The derrick
was often dismantled and the shaft was simply
left as is. Of course, there were no
dune buggies nor motorcycles speeding around
then, either. This picture shows the
"cribbing". The shafts were lined with
timbers, usually down to the solid rock, to
keep the sides from crumbling into the hole.
Usually, it extended above ground, to prevent
rain water from running in. This
particular shaft, at one time, had concrete
"curbing" which is mostly gone.