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This is something I've been experimenting with since early spring. The magnet I use has a pull of around 250 lbs. So far, (since I'm into older items) I've been targeting major creek and river crossings during the 1800s by finding old maps, especially civil war maps.

This past weekend I decided I'd take the magnet to 3 historical bridges in my area. The first was a covered bridge built in 1901. The second was a bridge that was burned during the civil war and the third was down from a grist mill that fell under artillery fire during the civil war. The first 2 locations indeed produced some iron, but it wasn't until my last stop that me and the kiddos got into some really nice and really old items. If any of you old timers see any thing that rings a bell, feel free to let me know what the item might be.

So far, the two wheels I believe are either from a wagon of a model T ford. The pear shaped item, I'm positive that it's an old grain weight. The long blade that my daughter finds, I'm not sure of the proper name but I called it a sickle or a scythe.

Let me know if you see anything worth going back and grabbing.

Hope you enjoy the video.

Magnet Fishing Three Historical Bridges
 

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I hope you take all the stuff you find and get rid of it and not just leave it along the bank for someone to get hurt on.
 

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The items I threw on the bank I took with me but there's no way I could take all the items I find with a magnet with me. We're talking hundreds of pounds of iron. The items I don't keep stay wherever I initially find them.
 

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Do you know the difference between steel and orginal wrought iron? Wrought iron is worth money to a blacksmith given the fact they dont make anymore of it.
 

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The part right after your daughter was messing with the magnet....you thought it was something then fields it quickly and that was it..looks like something used for horse work...no idea on the names of such things..but the shape of it looked familiar...
 

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..looks like something used for horse work...no idea on the names of such things..but the shape of it looked familiar...
Did it look kinda like a "U" ? I think I got it. A SHOE!
 

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burninghxcsoul said:
Do you know the difference between steel and orginal wrought iron? Wrought iron is worth money to a blacksmith given the fact they dont make anymore of it.
Yeah, I find wrought iron items all the time. I have a very nice hand forged hoe at home. I don't know any blacksmiths though.
 

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zachbyrd said:
burninghxcsoul said:
Do you know the difference between steel and orginal wrought iron? Wrought iron is worth money to a blacksmith given the fact they dont make anymore of it.
Yeah, I find wrought iron items all the time. I have a very nice hand forged hoe at home. I don't know any blacksmiths though.
If you can collect enough real original grainy wrought iron, I'll pay scrap price at the time, plus $20 and shipping if you can fill a flatrate box up with 70lbs and mail it to me.

Where do you live in GA? I used to be stationed at Columbus.
 

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burninghxcsoul said:
zachbyrd said:
burninghxcsoul said:
Do you know the difference between steel and orginal wrought iron? Wrought iron is worth money to a blacksmith given the fact they dont make anymore of it.
Yeah, I find wrought iron items all the time. I have a very nice hand forged hoe at home. I don't know any blacksmiths though.
If you can collect enough real original grainy wrought iron, I'll pay scrap price at the time, plus $20 and shipping if you can fill a flatrate box up with 70lbs and mail it to me.

Where do you live in GA? I used to be stationed at Columbus.
I'm roughly 50 miles north of Atlanta.
 
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