MEDINA — A horseshoe from the 1880s has — hopefully — found its final resting place.
City workers placed it on a concrete pad next to the sidewalk on East Smith Road on Monday morning.
Previously, the 11-by-14- inch horseshoe was embedded in the sidewalk across from GetGo gas station. When Columbia Gas workers had to replace a gas line on the street last fall, the horseshoe was removed and stored. Many city residents feared it was gone, never to return.
“We wanted to put it in approximately the same location,” City Engineer Patrick Patton said. “We wanted to put it near the same sidewalk.
“We were getting calls over the winter. There was a group of folks who wanted it back in.”
Some residents attended a City Council meeting in August wanting to know where the horseshoe was located. At the time, they thought it had been missing, but Patton said the gas company’s contractor had it stored away safely.
The city engineer said he’s not sure how old the horseshoe actually is. Local historians think it belonged to Jabez “Jabe” Holben, a local blacksmith, who buried the horseshoe in the sidewalk in the late 1800s.
Holben had reportedly buried it to mark his blacksmith shop, which might have been located about one block east.
City worker Andre Goe, a former Medina firefighter, said the fire department used to keep its horses for the firetrucks near the corner of Smith Road and South Court Street.
Looking at the size of the horseshoe, Goe said he figured it would have come from a draft horse,
“That’s a big horse,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to be kicked by that.”
Goe and city worker Matt Palmer worked on the concrete pad Monday morning. They were worrying about students from nearby Garfield School but very few even noticed it.
The whole process took the workers about an hour.
City leaders talked about placing a plaque near the horseshoe to describe its history, but decided against it — at least for now.
Patton said he knows of three horseshoes in sidewalks around the city. There was one on the corner of South Broadway Street and Wadsworth Road, but that’s now sitting in Patton’s office. He said the horseshoe was removed when the city did some roadwork at the intersection of South Broadway Street.
“That will be going back in,” Patton said.
The third one is on 500 block of Wadsworth Road.