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Posted 26 September 2011 - 09:57 PM
Heard a rumor just after quadstate that at some point in time Sears and Robuck dumped a bunch of Peter Wright anvils into the Ohio river, or some other body of water. As the story goes, Sears either couldn't unload them or they closed shop in Ohio somewhere. And instead of selling all the merch, they dumped the anvils.
Anyone have any information on this or should I not bother chasing this tale?
Posted 26 September 2011 - 10:30 PM
Posted 27 September 2011 - 12:15 AM
Posted 27 September 2011 - 05:47 AM
Several of the wrecks on this list specify iron as the cargo. Got a boat and a big magnet? LOL.
Check out one of the wrecks listed at site #161, the New Connecticut, story is a real eye popper.
P.S.- Lots of coal down there too!
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Posted 28 September 2011 - 12:56 PM
When I lived in Columbus OH where both A&H and Trenton anvils were made I talked with one of their workers whol told me that when the anvil factory he worked at was shut down there was a line of anvils sitting over by the steep slope to the river. I tracked down the plant and spent some time looking in the river. I found a dozen or so of the 4' diameter 1' wide sandstone grinding wheels in the river---they used to roll them down into it for fun when they got so small. Unfortunately with such a long history of early industrial use a metal detector was useless as over 1/2 of the "river" seemed to be discarded iron junk...
Posted 28 September 2011 - 01:24 PM
They were last seen in the early 1940's, being transported to Russia. There is a very good chance that they are going to be a bit rusty now though
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Posted 28 September 2011 - 05:15 PM
Posted 28 September 2011 - 06:21 PM
Unfortunately as much of the river bed is random post industrial metal I don't think even a fancy detector would be a help---and I now live 1500 miles away. I have shared the location with a number of people though I hope one of them finds the mother load...The original factory was converted to an edible oils hydrogenation plant and is now a set of condo's.
Posted 28 September 2011 - 09:37 PM
Posted 19 October 2011 - 12:35 PM
I have two Trenton Anvils and was told on this forum they are made in Trenton N.J.
Columbus Ohio sounds better though, as that is much closer.
Posted 19 October 2011 - 12:56 PM
OH seems to be quite cosmopolitan as far as anvils go---of course I lived there for 15 years and that reflects in the number of cheap anvils I found...
Oh yes another one a Bridge anvil, II&B--IL, I picked up in OK after an abusive life in the oil fields.
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