A sudden development of a sinkhole adjacent to one of Ripon College’s oldest academic buildings has revealed an old cistern no one knew existed.

   The roof of the cistern collapsed between last week Friday evening, when a sinkhole was first spotted, and last week Saturday morning.

   It was located in the parking lot adjacent to West Hall, which was built in the mid-1800s.

   No one was injured when the collapse occurred, according to college spokesperson Melissa Anderson, nor were any cars damaged.

   The hole shows a layer of asphalt, with about a foot of soil beneath — followed by a brick roof over the empty, previously unknown space.

   The area was blocked off to keep anyone from potentially falling in, but college staff entered the void Monday morning to learn more about it.

Read the full story, including what was discovered inside the old cistern, in the April 25, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.