Glendale in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Blacksmith and Machine Shop
—at Sahuaro Ranch . . . —
Farm and ranch work have always been hard on machinery, making frequent repairs necessary. Throughout Sahuaro Ranch's history, most of these repairs were made here by the ranch's own employees.
This building, which is believed to have been erected in the 1890s, started as a blacksmith shop. The blacksmith, who was one of the ranch's most valuable employees, repaired - and sometimes made - tools, farm implements, and wagon parts. He also was responsible for fitting and nailing horseshoes on the ranch's horses and mules.
Starting in the 1920s, the ranch began using trucks and other mechanized farm equipment. This led to the installation of tools and machines suited for working on internal combustion vehicles and modern farm implements. Some of these shop machines were powered by canvas belts turned by an overhead drive shaft, which can still be seen above the concrete slab on the right side of the shop.
On the Ranch Today
The centerpiece of any blacksmith shop is the forge, which is used to heat iron so it can be shaped and cut. The ranch's original forge, which was made of wood and is still in working order, is located in the enclosed section of the shop.
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Erected by Glendale Parks & Recreation.
Location. 33° 34.618′ N, 112° 11.354′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Touch for map. Marker is about 225 feet northwest of the Foreman's House, at Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9802 North 59th Avenue, Glendale AZ 85302, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Barnyard (a few steps from this marker); Dairy Barn (a few steps from this marker); Stable / Granary (a few steps from this marker); Corrals and Tack House (within shouting distance of this marker); Well House (within shouting distance of this marker); Foreman's House Fruit Packing Shed (about 500 feet away); Water & Power (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glendale.
Also see . . .
1. History of Sahuaro Ranch Park. (Submitted on March 5, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Blacksmithing Videos. (Submitted on March 5, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 5, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 947 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 5, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.