what the heck is this thing?
May 30, 2017 2:36 PM   Subscribe

What is this short hollow-centered concrete table thing?

This poured concrete table-shaped thing was found at a campground on the Pigeon River in Tennessee. There were at least a half-dozen of them in various states of dilapidation. It's too short for a table, too tall for a stool, has a squared out hole in the center by design, is not embedded in the earth, has no sign of fire-related use... we can't figure out what it is or could be for. Search terms are too general. Any ideas?
posted by headnsouth to Grab Bag (6 answers total)
Possibly a garbage can holder?
posted by thebrokedown at 3:54 PM on May 30, 2017 [1 favorite]

I agree with the broken down

No exact matches, but same concept
posted by Jacen at 4:19 PM on May 30, 2017

A fish cleaning station? A garbage can would go in the center. Just a guess based on the camp's proximity to a river.
posted by waving at 6:26 PM on May 30, 2017

Perhaps a burn barrel for trash if they were far away from campsites, or the base of a wooden table if they were close?
posted by nickggully at 8:41 PM on May 30, 2017

As a veteran of a lot of old rustic campgrounds, I'm fairly sure what it is is an old pump sink, without the basin. You'd place a basin the square, and rig a hose with a pump from your water source. Pump the basin full of water, do your dishes, dump the water. It's not unlike some other more recent pump sinks you can see here, just concrete. Aka field sink.
posted by Miko at 9:09 PM on May 30, 2017 [4 favorites]

Thanks all, I think Miko has it.
posted by headnsouth at 3:49 AM on May 31, 2017

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