In 1904, people still relied on horses for transportation in rural America. The blacksmith remained in high demand.
Although this building was not around in 1904 it was replicated from a photo of a local blacksmith’s shop. The front doors were taken from a local blacksmith’s shop that specialized in making brands. When a brand was finished it would be tested on the front doors. The window in the back of the shop was very important to the blacksmith. The blacksmith needed this window beside the fire so that he could see the color of the metal in the light and know whether it was hot enough or not. As cars became common in everyday life the blacksmith had to evolve. Now he might be what some people would refer to as the corner mechanic.