I was on the track in search of some faint remains of the original Mormon Pioneer Trail used by the Mormons from 1839 through 1846. I think I saw it in the distant hills and if I did, the prairie grass all but hid it. But I was rewarded with this junction of fencing and the old metal spoke wheels just sitting there.
I doubt these wheels had any part in the Mormons and their travels to Utah.
Their wagons surely had wood wheels.
I was surprised that no one had taken them for yard decorations. The barbed wire was not run through the wheels either. I think few people know the Mormon Trail is out here (or couldn't care any less) and the locals themselves have enough old farm artifacts already on their properties.
This was an ingenious yet simple latch for the wire gate. The tension from the gate pulls on the chain trying to flip the flatiron around the post but the notched end of the flatiron resting on the barbed wire keeps it in place. Brilliant!
If I couldn't see wagon rut tracks in the prairie grass I am sure I'd never see a geological survey marker buried in the ground. "No worries Department of the Interior."
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