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Idaho City in Boise County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

George Kettler's Blacksmith Shop

1889

 
 
George Kettler's Blacksmith Shop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 3, 2018
1. George Kettler's Blacksmith Shop Marker
Inscription. This building was originally George Kettler's Blacksmith shop, built in 1889 with ox and horse shoeing sheds on both sides. As the horse and buggy gave way to the automobile, it became an early garage. In 1947, it was acquired by Tom and Florence Adams as the print shop for "The Idaho Mountaineer" when they purchased the newspaper. Using a linotype machine that dated from 1904 and a press from 1886, they persevered in putting out the publication once a week. In 1963, Idaho's Territorial Centennial Year, 100 years after the establishment of the first newspaper in Idaho City -- the second in the state -- the Adams's returned the name to "The Idaho World" after a lapse of 45 years.
When Tom Adams died in 1975, the building was shut intact, and only occasionally shown to guests. In the late 1970's, when it began to structurally deteriorate, Mrs. Florence Adams commissioned San Aarons to reinforce the building using original posts and beam methods, ultimately saving the structure.
After remaining vacant for many years, it was sold and renovated for commercial use in 1990 as the Happy Burro Trad'n Post. It then became the Growling Bear: sporting goods and gifts. In 2008 it became the home of the Cowboy Fast Draw Association.
 
Erected by Marshall Hopper and The Idaho Shootists.
 
Location.
George Kettler's Blacksmith Shop and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 3, 2018
2. George Kettler's Blacksmith Shop and Marker
The marker is on the left side of the building.
43° 49.614′ N, 115° 49.982′ W. Marker is in Idaho City, Idaho, in Boise County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street and East Walulla Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 220 Main Street, Idaho City ID 83631, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named George Kettler's Blacksmith Shop (here, next to this marker); Saint Joseph's Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Idaho World (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Chinese Legacy in Boise Basin (在愛达荷城的华人) (about 400 feet away); Miners Exchange (about 400 feet away); World War II Memorial (about 500 feet away); U.S. Senator Frank Church (about 500 feet away); I.O.O.F. Hall (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Idaho City.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located on the left side of the building.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 22, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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