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Weaverville in Trinity County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Anvil Firing

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2012
1. Anvil Firing Marker
Inscription.  This monument dedicated to the fond remembrance of Archie Arbuckle who from false Armistice Day 1918 until his death July 11th, 1970 fired the anvil each 4th of July.

Anvil firing has been a tradition with the Arbuckle family for 5 generations.

We deem this anvil a fitting tribute to the memory of Archie and to the Arbuckle family and that the sound of the anvil firing shall be heard in Weaverville each 4th of July.
 
Erected 1979 by E Clampus Vitus, Trinitarianus Chapter No. 62.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Entertainment. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
 
Location. 40° 43.835′ N, 122° 56.017′ W. Marker is in Weaverville, California, in Trinity County. Marker can be reached from Park Avenue. This marker is located in the Lowden Park Recreational Hall parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Weaverville CA 96093, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chinese Tong War (approx. ¼ mile away); Trinity Congregational Church (approx. 0.3 miles
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2012
2. Anvil Firing Marker
away); Paymaster Mine Stampmill (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pacific Brewery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Won Lim Miao (approx. 0.4 miles away); Joss House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Weaverville Chinatown (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lee Family Ranch House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weaverville.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Fine Art of Anvil Firing - ECV 150. When called upon, the local Blacksmith would place one anvil on top of another with a small charge of black powder in between. When the powder's fuse was touched off by a long red-hot iron rod, the resulting explosion would send the upper anvil flying into the air, and the deafening sound would echo through the remote camps in the hills and canyons alerting everyone of a mine cave-in, fire, or other danger. (Submitted on June 8, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 

2. 4th of July-Avil firing-Seward, Nebr. - YouTube. Don't try this at home or without supervision. (Submitted on June 8, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 

3. Anvil Firing - YouTube. Don't try this at home or
Anvil Firing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2012
3. Anvil Firing Marker
without supervision. (Submitted on June 8, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 953 times since then and 47 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week July 1, 2012. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 8, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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