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Fink, Charles / Old Fort - Root Cellar

Washington Township

Wabaunsee County

This arched cave is built under mostly flat ground with a raise mound over the top of it. It is located on a piece of property that is just at the end of Old Stone Fort Rd. and might have actually been part of the fort the story illustrated in a number of newspapers refers to. Or, it’s part of the homestead of Charles Fink. Or, maybe it was both. The deed shows that the property was sold to Carl or Charles Fink in 1859 for along with 120 acres for $500. The cave itself is located 40 yards to the southwest of what was either a stone barn or a part of the fort’s defenses. It’s pretty unusual as a barn with its slits for windows that seem to be too low for cross beams and just right for rifle portals. But it is said this is a barn according to the historical society. Although, they have a hard time explaining the features of the structures on the property. A house might have stood about 20 yards to the southwest of the cave. Little remains other than a foundation and the remnants of a stove. The cave opens to the south and is rather isolated for either a root cellar or a storm shelter. It measures 16’(L)x9’(W)x 6.5’(H).