On countless farms throughout the Salinas Valley, the remnants of old blacksmith shops can be found. The farmer-smith was practically self sufficient. He made his chains and hinges, sharpened his plows, steeled his axes and repaired his farm machinery.
The Olson blacksmith is a typical example of a farmer’s shop during the first quarter of the 20th century. Originally located on the Olson Ranch at Paraiso Springs, the entire shop was moved to San Lorenzo Park in 1981. It was installed and returned to working condition by the King City Lions Club.