Mystery Well in Rock Creek
Mystery Well in Rock Creek

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Josh Bowers, the local lawyer who pointed me to the pieces of the U.S. Capitol and the weird, shallow wells dug behind them, writes today that “it was only a matter of time until an occult group theory would surface.”

Bowers has been posting this week’s CP story to various Listservs and e-mail groups, hoping someone out there knows what those wells are and why they’re there. (That’s his son, Noah, sticking his head in one above.)

A reader sent him a link to Folklore of Wells, a 1918 study of water worship in East and West, written by R.P. Masani. Somewhere in its pages, the book indicates that a grouping of seven wells holds mystical meaning. It’s not a tape-loop installation/audio salad in the middle of the park, but it’s a theory.

Photograph by Darrow Montgomery