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The biggest hand dug well can be found in Greensburg Kansas, dug in 1880’s it took a massive effort and was over 109 feet deep and 32 feet in diameter, all of the walls were covered in stone paving and to prevent cave ins every 8 feet a brace was constructed out of 2 foot by 12 foot planks mortised and dovetailed together so than no nails were used in the construction which might then rust and pollute the well water. This well served the whole cities needs until 1939 and is a big tourist attraction with over 3 million people having visited it to date, not bad for a hole in the ground!!