Kidd Blacksmith Shop - Utica, Illinois
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member cldisme
N 41° 20.451 W 089° 00.613
16T E 331807 N 4578545
Quick Description: LaSalle County Historical Society has preserved this blacksmith shop built in 1892 for all to learn and enjoy.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 10/2/2009 2:15:05 PM
Waymark Code: WM7BWD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Big B Bob
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Long Description:
William Curtin built this blacksmith shop in 1892 in downtown Utica, Illinois. The last blacksmith, John Kidd, ran the shop for nearly 30 years - from 1941 to 1969.

The LaSalle County Historical Society purchased the blacksmith shop from John Kidd's widow in 1972.

Visitors can explore the building during regular museum hours:
Wednesday - Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 12 to 4 p.m.
Winter hours (December through March)
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m.

The forge is not always operating, but discovering all the unique tools is just as interesting.

The interpretive sign reads:

107 North Clark Street

Was orginally the 1888 location of a wooden frame building housing a carpentry shop. By 1896 a stone blacksmith shop had replaced that structure

It appears that William Curtain and then James Russell were owners and active blacksmiths from 1896 to 1910. Luther Acoff worked as a blacksmith here from 1908 to 1940. Then the shop lanquished until John Kidd operated it from 1941 to 1969.

In 1971 the LaSalle County Historical Society purchaces the property with funds donated by the Thornton Family Foundation. From 1971 to 1990 Society members Constance Fetzer, Nathan Fleming, Wayne Hess, Barbara Marks, Duane Munson, Frank Stevens, and Dale Stockley led efforts toward rehabilitation and untilization of the structure.

The building was fully restored for use as a working blacksmith shop by the Blacksmith Shop Restortation Committee, Edmund B. Thornton, Chairman during the years 1990 and 1991.
Operating Status: Re-creation / Educational

Web Address: [Web Link]

107 North Canal Street
Utica, IL USA

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