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Rush in Marion County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Break It, Remake It

Buffalo National River

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
 
Break It, Remake It Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, April 6, 2019
1. Break It, Remake It Marker
Inscription.  
Standing here, let yourself imagine the roar of a blacksmith's forge the hiss of a bellows, and the clang of metal striking metal. the blacksmith was an essential cog in the Morning Star Mine's operation. He kept the company's ore wagons ready and stock teams shoed. He repaired mine equipment, forging new parts as needed. If something broke he fixed it or remade it. Nails, nuts, bolts, and mining tools were readily stocked and available at the blacksmith shop.

In 1925 Lee Metley, the company's blacksmith, built this blacksmith shop for the reopening of the Morning Star Mine. the building had two rooms; one for forging and one for storing parts. A large, lean-to warehouse, now gone, was attached to the right side of the shop. There, wagon parts, pipes, pipe joints, and fittings were stored and with the company general manager's prized Jordan car.

[Caption:]
From 1935 to 1931 Lee Mediey kept this blacksmith forge burning hot Medley recalled, "in 1931 trucks had took the team and wagon work to a point that there was not enough blacksmith work here to justify me to keep the shop,
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so i closed it and started farming."

I worked in the shop with Lee Medley and helped him build all them [tram] cars. All the woodwork had rotted. We had lots of fun together.
Milton Snipes, Rush resident

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1925.
 
Location. 36° 7.917′ N, 92° 34.183′ W. Marker is in Rush, Arkansas, in Marion County. Marker can be reached from County Road 6035, 0.2 miles east of County Road 637, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Flippin AR 72634, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Company Store and Office (here, next to this marker); Town Hub (within shouting distance of this marker); Company Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Mining Turkey Fat and Rosin Jack (within shouting distance of this marker); Silver-lined Dreams (within shouting distance of this marker); Four-footed Link (within shouting distance of this marker); 200 Tons A Day (within shouting distance of this marker); Rush, The Town That Zinc Built (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rush.
Break It, Remake It Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, April 6, 2019
2. Break It, Remake It Marker

 
Also see . . .  Rush (Ghost Town). (Submitted on December 6, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio.)
 
Blacksmith Shop image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, April 6, 2019
3. Blacksmith Shop
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 6, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 6, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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