These old Chains I found on Lauerl Hill where they lowered wagons down on The Oregon Trail in oregon

lackaff

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I found these old chain links at the top of LAUERL HILL with my GARRET
these are very old
what kind of iron are these?
are they worth anything
I seen similar ones on google for 500 bucks or so
but who knows
these are pretty old

I found some stuff they left

check out a video of me unearthing the chains
 

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traveller777

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I,ll throw in a clod of dirt.The chains are,as has been said,machine electro welded,not hand forged.The type of links are modern,not old style,twisted link I think it,s called. Don,t matter if you found them at the top of Laurel Hill,those particular chains never lowered any wagons down Laurel Hill.There may well be chains that lowered wagons down Laurel Hill there,but that,s not one of them.Keep looking.
Nice detailed post sir. Good job.
 

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I think your comment and great observation are wasted. He has not been around since middle of February. I think he may have been abducted by a Conestaga Space Ship.
I just had to put my two cents in there.It,s my ornery side coming out. Ready the forward phasers Mr.Scott,the dreaded Conestoga Space Ship is attacking off the port bow! Aye,Kiptin,readying the Dilithium crystals now with the Laurel Hill chains!
 

traveller777

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I just had to put my two cents in there.It,s my ornery side coming out. Ready the forward phasers Mr.Scott,the dreaded Conestoga Space Ship is attacking off the port bow! Aye,Kiptin,readying the Dilithium crystals now with the Laurel Hill chains!
Great one!! But Not sure we should joke about it. No telling what horrors he is going through. I have read life on a Conostaga Space Ship is bad enough, let alone being a prisoner on one.
 

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Man there’s no telling how many wagons went crashing down that hill! I would love to detect there, chains or no chains!
 

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I found this in Chihuahua. I am told this was used to pull wagons up hills and across rivers.
 

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This thread is still in debate ? hmmm

Thought this was put to rest on the first day.
 

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No debate, but a old tool that was related to the thread.
And a fine old tool it is.They made them to last back then.For what it,s worth I,ve seen one of those used for a myriad of tasks. An old gent I knew kept one in his truck to pull himself out of mudholes.This before the day when 4WD and Warn winches were common. A little slow,but sure as the dawn!
 

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What no one has brought up is the fact that if they were real chains from pioneer days they would be considered a historical artifact and illegal to remove from the forest. :stop:
 

traveller777

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What no one has brought up is the fact that if they were real chains from pioneer days they would be considered a historical artifact and illegal to remove from the forest. :stop:

So serious question. Are artifacts from 1800s or earlier including the Civil War illegal to remove and thus protected?

It would be illegal if BLM or State or Federal land in some way. But I do not remember him saying that.
 
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crashbandicoot

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So serious question. Are artifacts from 1800s or earlier including the Civil War illegal to remove and thus protected?

It would be illegal if BLM or State or Federal land in some way. But I do not remember him saying that.
I think he,s misreading the ARPA I think it,s called.Lots of folks misunderstand that when trying to show how smart they are and all.Besides the chain is clearly welded twist link,modern as can be so no problem. Every tract of federal,or state land has it,s own rules depending on the agency in control and leanings of the local Kommissar in charge.
 

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