Bent's Old Fort Blacksmith Shop - La Junta, Colorado
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Big B Bob
N 38° 02.431 W 103° 25.777
13S E 637803 N 4211474
Quick Description: Bent's Old Fort's very own reconstructed blacksmith shop.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 11/1/2009 6:06:24 PM
Waymark Code: WM7JPK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member txoilgas
Views: 15

Long Description:
In a reconstructed 1840's fort, a blacksmith performs good old fashion 'smithing demonstrations for the tourists.

From the Bent's Old Fort Self-Guided Tour Booklet: (visit link)

Blacksmith's Shop

The activities in this room included constructing wagon
parts, the manufacturing and repair of tools, livestock
shoeing, and wheel repairs. According to visitors, most of
the Fort's mechanics were Americans with a few Frenchmen.
Their workshops were typically cluttered places. Prevailing
smells included coal smoke and hot shod hooves which
smelled like burning hair. Tools included hammers, tongs,
anvils, and a vice. Bent & St. Vrain ordered a 123 pound iron
anvil in 1840 and they purchased a cowhide bellows for
$20.00.

Operating Status: Re-creation / Educational

Web Address: [Web Link]

Address:
Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
35110 Highway 194 E.
La Junta, Colorado USA
81050


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