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Early 20th Century New Mexico Blacksmithing - Chato, NM

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This small wagon trace was found at the site of the ghost town of Chato, NM, located at the western edge of the Estancia Valley in central New Mexico.  Abandoned in the 1930s, Chato was a farming community that contributed to New Mexico's pinto bean dominence.  The trace was severely damaged and then repaired by a local blacksmith.  He straightened and reshaped the right side, adding a hand made U-shaped piece.    While not elegant, the repair is perfectly functional and illustrates the resourcefulness of the person who created it.

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Mike Lord

4th generation Santa Fe Gringo.

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