Water. It’s basic for life. Many of today’s cities and towns owe their location to the nearness of fresh water. Lakes, rivers, and streams have served humanity in the past and continue to do so in the present day.
The American pioneer sometimes fetched water from such a source. And sometimes they dug a well. The visible part was often constructed of wood or a combination of stone and wood. For when your water is deep, you need a method to bring it to the surface.
This was taken on a warm, summer day — good conditions. I hesitate to imagine fetching water on a blustery, cold day with ice pellets or snow flakes swirling.