🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Old iron found in Central Florida, on a hiking trail with cypress logging and turpentine history.

Renaebri

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I thought this might be a piece of mule shoe because we were told by construction workers building trail bridges there that they used mules and that there was a tram line/old railroad. After looking up mule shoes i'm not so sure though, if anything its more like ox shoes... but not quite.
It has some weight to it, doesnt look like modern manufactured..
They also attempted to establish a town here, with a post office in the last 1800s that ran for 3 years, and an old highway right nearby.
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crashbandicoot

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I thought this might be a piece of mule shoe because we were told by construction workers building trail bridges there that they used mules and that there was a tram line/old railroad. After looking up mule shoes i'm not so sure though, if anything its more like ox shoes... but not quite.
It has some weight to it, doesnt look like modern manufactured..
They also attempted to establish a town here, with a post office in the last 1800s that ran for 3 years, and an old highway right nearby.
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I don,t know about the iron,but that,s a interesting story.Thanks for sharing it.
 
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Chilli

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I thought this might be a piece of mule shoe because we were told by construction workers building trail bridges there that they used mules and that there was a tram line/old railroad. After looking up mule shoes i'm not so sure though, if anything its more like ox shoes... but not quite.
It has some weight to it, doesnt look like modern manufactured..
They also attempted to establish a town here, with a post office in the last 1800s that ran for 3 years, and an old highway right nearby.
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Too big to possibly be heel plates from boots?
 
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Renaebri

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Too big to possibly be heel plates from boots?
I thought about that too, I wouldn't think its too big but it seems broken off on both ends and doesn't look similar to what I can find.
Both heel plates and mule/ox shoes have holes though, so perhaps its part of something else like machinery? :/

In that case it might be hard to identify. I didn't know the history of this part of the trail or I would've stayed there instead lol, only found this on the way out. I think I'll be back though!
 
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Chilli

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I thought about that too, I wouldn't think its too big but it seems broken off on both ends and doesn't look similar to what I can find.
Both heel plates and mule/ox shoes have holes though, so perhaps its part of something else like machinery? :/

In that case it might be hard to identify. I didn't know the history of this part of the trail or I would've stayed there instead lol, only found this on the way out. I think I'll be back though!
Hi, yeah I was looking for the holes in the pictures and thought maybe they'd been rusted over or something like that hiding them.
Have another go there, might be something really good there waiting to be found. 👍
 
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What about a part of a sword guard? Tang of the sword would fit in the oval area.
 
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Tdog

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Looks like a brake shoe or some other mechanical friction application part.

Edit: Not up-to-snuff on my oxen shoes but mule shoes are not fashioned like that. They look like an upside-down U--more curved only where they bend and straight on both "legs" from that point and not as semicircular as horseshoes. Also, they're the same thickness with no deviation in form.
 
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It looks like a segment of a round cook stove grate to me.
 
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