The enigma of the spiral well at Coral Castle

 

Hey guys, let’s take a look at Ed’s spiral well in Coral Castle. After moving to Homestead from Florida City, Ed’s very first creation was the water well. This is a logical guess, but it makes a lot of sense, because water is a basic necessity. There were no houses or shops nearby back then and Ed never applied for running water. So, he must have dug the well first to do his daily chores. The well is somewhat spiral in shape, resembling the letter C. Ed has built a wall around the well that is a foot and a half feet high and has carved descending stairs into the well, with 16 steps (sweet-sixteen?). We can see the water about six and a half feet below the ground. The well is about nine and a half feet deep, so there is about 3 feet of water, most of the time.

Ed has dug the well near the eastern wall, a few feet away from the quenching tank. The well’s proximity to the quenching tank, “mirror” and furnace is understandable. All these equipment need water and it doesn’t make any sense to create the well, the water source, far away from them. On top of the well, Ed has placed a cylindrical wooden log, with a metal rod sticking out of it. The purpose of this log is obvious, Ed used it as a pulley to draw water out of the well using a rope and bucket. Ed would have simply rotated the metal rod with one hand to make it even easier.

The water well is one of the most understudied creations of Edward Leedskalnin. Most people think: It is just a water well, what is so special about it? Well, it is not only the most mysterious carving in Coral Castle but also one of the weirdest water wells in the world. If you have been reading the above paragraphs carefully, the following question should have already popped into your head: “If Ed used a rope and bucket to draw water, why did he create a spiral well with stairs?”

The spiral design with stairs makes no sense because Ed drew water using a rope and bucket. Multiple eyewitness accounts confirm this is how Ed drew water and the pulley (wooden log) is still there as evidence. To draw water from the well this way, all he needed was a regular cylindrical well with a few square feet of area. But Ed had to carve out a much larger area simply because he decided on a spiral well. This means enormous amount of work, because he had to cut a lot more rocks. Why did Ed create a spiral design even though it is a lot of work? He needed the stairs, to directly access the water underground! This is the only logical reason. Why did Ed have to physically touch the subterranean water?

To learn more, please buy the book Coral Castle: Everything You Know Is Wrong!

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