So many sink-hole type stories these days … and I was just thinking about Richard Shaver and the deros.
“They thought it was a cesspool or something along those lines and then they thought it was a root cellar, but it turns out it was actually a tunnel,” said homeowner Lee Smithwick.
He and his wife were watering the yard on Monday. When they came back outside to move the sprinkler, it was gone. A hole had formed in the middle of their lawn about three feet across and their sprinkler was at the bottom of a tunnel that had collapsed.
“Well, it was a hole in the ground. It looks like I had seen sinkholes before and it was a sinkhole but when I got a little closer, we noticed there were beams in it,” said National Ranching Heritage Center curator Dr. Scott White.
He and fellow curator Dr. Robert Tidwell are stunned by the discovery.
“It was a complete surprise and has kind of been an interesting mystery,” said Dr. White.
They agree the structure was built after 1909 because railroad ties were used in the construction. That year is when the railroad first came to Lubbock from Plainview. Right now, the function of the structure is anyone’s guess.