Pope Valley in Napa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Henry Haus Blacksmith and Wagonmaker Shop
Henry Haus, a native of Switzerland, came to Pope Valley in 1889 at the age of 16. He opened his blacksmith shop in the adjacent wooden structure in 1897, caring for the needs of this valley until 1950.
In 1899 he married Regula Anna and they raised four sons: Herman H., Ernest U., Henry, Jr., and George H. He helped to organize the Pope Valley Farm Center, and as with his smithing, gave it his continuous attention during his lifetime. He died December 8, 1955.
Dedicated by Sam Brannan Chapter 1004, E Clampus Vitus in cooperation with the Napa County Historical Society.
August 21, 1982
Erected 1982 by E Clampus Vitus, Sam Brannan Chapter 1004; Napa County Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1865.
Location. 38° 36.914′ N, 122° 25.637′ W. Marker is in Pope Valley, California, in Napa County. Marker is at the intersection of Howell Mountain Road and Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pope Valley CA 94567, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pope Valley Garage (within shouting distance of this marker); Pope Valley Store (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Litto’s Hubcap Ranch (approx. 2 miles away); Pope Valley Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 2.2 miles away); Historic Aetna Mining District (approx. 4.9 miles away); Larkmead Winery / Kornell Cellars (approx. 6˝ miles away); The White Church (approx. 6˝ miles away); Reason P. Tucker (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pope Valley.
Also see . . .
1. History of Pope Valley. Winery Website:
Pope Valley Winery, a historic winery less than 5 minutes from this marker by car, provides a short history of Pope Valley. On Henry Haus: "In the early 1860’s, three Swiss brothers arrived in the land of opportunity to seek their fortune, Henry, Ed and Otto Haus. Lured to California by the Gold rush, they apprenticed to be blacksmiths to J. McDonald of the Pope Valley. When McDonald left to find gold, Henry took over...." (Submitted on April 10, 2011.)
2. Henry Haus Blacksmith Shop. The Anvil entry:
Tim Cisneros, a blacksmith himself, presents historical fiction (in bold) and facts about the Henry Haus blacksmith shop. (Submitted on April 10, 2011.)
1. Additional Information Regarding the Marker Dedication
Loren Wilson was Noble Grand Humbug when this plaque was dedicated. Plaque Wording by Edward D. Hawkinns.
— Submitted April 17, 2012, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 1,012 times since then and 62 times this year. Last updated on July 19, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Elk Grove, California. Photos: 1. submitted on April 10, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. 2. submitted on April 17, 2012, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 10, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.