Blacksmith Shop

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A blacksmith always accompanied a wagon train or group of settlers to their new location, becoming one of the first businesses in a community.

The blacksmith would take iron pieces and heat them red, hot on a forge. The iron could then be pounded into shapes with an anvil and vice. Anything made of metal; nails, machinery parts, kitchen utensils and horseshoes were made on the spot by the blacksmith. Nothing was wasted and the blacksmith became the first recycler, making new items from old.

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Ken working the iron during Fort Belmont Rendezvous.

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