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How fast can a wheelbarrow rust in a cave?

I have two solid metal wheelbarrow wheels that where found in a cave. They appear to be a style from the 1800's; however, I cannot imagine them surviving from the rust process. They were in a very damp spot that may have had running water periodically. The wheels are mostly intact, though the entire surfaces are rusted and some of the spokes are nearly rusted through. The wheelbarrow bed was also found, although only the rim of it had not rusted away. Some small bolts were found as well. My question is this: Could a wheelbarrow survive 200 years in damp, cave conditions without being entirely rusted away?

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More like the 1950s In the 1800s wheelbarrows were wooden 4 wheelers because they had their horses do all the work

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The wheelbarrow you found is not from the 1800s; it is likely to have been put there in the recent years. It cannot survive 200 years in damp, cave conditions without rusting away.

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They did not use solid metal wheels in the 1800's, they used wooden spoked wheels. As to your question about rusting rate, I think you would see substantial rusting away within a decade or two. Your wheelbarrow was probably there less than 30 years.

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