10. Old Abandoned Railroad Right-of-Way -- In my hometown there was once a short commuter railroad connecting our village with a nearby larger city.  This right-of-way was over 125 years-old and was only used for about 2-3 years before it was abandoned and then removed with almost no visible traces.  There are no maps of this short-lived railroad line available. (adjacent illustration depicts the steam dummy engine pulling a single coach.)

Reading an old local newspaper, I was able to identify a couple of landmarks where the old railroad terminated or passed nearby.  I used my dowsing rods and was able to locate the twin imprints of the rails where it crossed newer public roadways.

The imprints of rails are about 50 inches apart, similar to the modern U.S. rail gauge. I am somewhat baffled by how the iron rails which were set off the ground by wooden crossties, could leave an imprint that can still be detected by the dowsing technique after 125 years.

11. Old Wagon Trails -- Located in a field behind my home is an old Army Wagon Road (trail) that is over 140 years old.  I was able to research and locate old maps that show somewhat imprecise locations of this wagon trail.

By dowsing along public roadways in locations where I believed the wagon trail crossed, I was able to find evidence of the trail.
The wagon wheels' 'imprints' are generally located 46 to 48 inches apart at many of the crossings that I dowsed.  At a point where the trail follows the curve next to the river valley, the wagon twin imprints spread out where the old teamsters varied their wagon turning patterns.

I believe that the old iron rims of the wagon wheels pounded an imprint into the soil that is still traceable through the dowsing process.

12. Old Indian Trails --    I have successfully dowsed an old Indian trail in my home area.  It was a trail that probably was last used over 150 years ago.  This particular trail was created by the Indians who migrated from their semi-permanent dwellings in the east to the buffalo hunting areas in the west and then returned to their dwelling areas after the hunt.

This particular trail, similar to others in the plains area of the U.S., consists of two parallel paths about 7 feet apart.   The twin trails appear to be wider (further apart) at turn points.  The Indians apparently traveled on horseback and on foot in this parallel path fashion for ease of movement, communication and protection.

Again, without seeing actual evidence of an Indian trail, I am somewhat amazed that the pounding feet and hoofs could leave an imprint that can be detected by dowsing after such a long time.

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