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Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Blacksmith Shop

 
 
Blacksmith Shop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
1. Blacksmith Shop Marker
Inscription.
Many large farms and ranches throughout Kern County operated a blacksmith shop to make and repair tools.

This blacksmith shop was built at the Calloway Ranch around 1890. The Calloway Ranch was located near the Kern County Land Companyís Rosedale Colony northwest of Bakersfield.

Many trades were practiced in a ranchís blacksmith shop. Blacksmiths shaped metal using various tools including a forge, hammer, anvil, tongs and a vise. Farriers affixed metal shoes to the bottom of horsesí hooves. Wheelwrights made and repaired buggy and wagon wheels.

The Kern County Land Company donated this structure to the museum in 1950.
 
Erected by Kern County Museum.
 
Location. 35° 23.569′ N, 119° 1.332′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Chester Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located at the rear of the Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield CA 93301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cook Wagon (a few steps from this marker); Saint John's Episcopal Mission (a few steps from this marker); Norris School
Blacksmith Shop and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
2. Blacksmith Shop and Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Havilah Courier (within shouting distance of this marker); Weill House (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairhaven Pump House (within shouting distance of this marker); Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Standard End Pumping Unit (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Kern County Museum - Blacksmith Shop. The Kern County Museum Website quotes the text of the marker and displays photos. (Submitted on January 29, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. Wikipedia Article. The history of the blacksmith shop is given along with several photos. (Submitted on January 29, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
Brandtís Blacksmith Shop, circa 1900

Lower Photo:
C. N. Johnstonís Blacksmith Shop, circa 1915
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
4. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
Ideal Blacksmith Shop, circa 1910.

Lower Photo:
Moving the Calloway Ranch Blacksmith Shop to the museum in 1950.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 29, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 826 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 29, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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