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Which came first? Carrying water from a spring, digging a hole in the ground and lowering a bucket into the hole, or drilling a well?

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Pumping water with a pump came after hand dug wells were used, according to information from the Pierce County Historical Association (PCHA). Sometimes, a bucket was lowered into a shallow hole (lined to keep the walls from caving in) and cranked up on a rope or pulled up by a sweep--a long pole with a rope and bucket at the end.

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