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Blacksmith Shop

Blacksmith shop, outside view
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By 1900, many people had made the trip to Yosemite on horseback or by horse-drawn stage. Roads were rough on horses and riders. It took eight hours to travel approximately 25 miles (40 km.) from Wawona to Yosemite Valley. A four-up stage (a stage being drawn by four horses) changed horses four times during the trip. Consequently, 16 horses were used to make the journey. Blacksmith shops were located throughout the park, and “smithys” offered valuable assistance with shoeing and stage repair.

The blacksmith shop was moved from a Madera County ranch, southwest of Yosemite Park.

Blacksmith shop, inside view
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