• J.M. Forbes Harness and Saddle Shop

    James M. Forbes, affectionately known as JM, was born on December 13, 1839 in Wooster, Ohio.  His father, Thomas, was a harness maker and in 1860 moved to Mt. Carroll, Illinois with JM and his brother George who was also a trained harness maker.  They built harnesses and saddles until JM enlisted in the 92nd […]

  • The Weber Grain Wagon

    Henry Weber was born in 1822 in Hochweiler, Alsase, France. At the time it was part of  Germany, and thus the family were all German speaking.  Henry came to America in 1841, at the age of 18,  and was indentured to a wagon-maker in Lyons, N.Y. for three years.  After the three years in New […]

  • Ramirez of Guadalajara: The Historic Charro Saddle

    The Mexican Charro Silver Mounted Saddle pictured was assembled  on a custom saddle tree made by Luciano Munguia in Colima, Mexico.  Luciano exhibited his saddle trees at the International Exposition in Rio de Janeiro in 1922-23 and was awarded the distinction of Grand Primo, the very best in the category.  The saddle tree is the […]

  • Lutah Maria Riggs and the Lobero Theatre

    Lutah Maria Riggs (October 31, 1896 – March 8, 1984) was an American architect who worked for several decades in the Southern California region. She was the first licensed female architect in Santa Barbara, and the first    woman in California to be named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Born in Ohio, Lutah […]

  • M.P. Henderson & Son

      The discovery of gold in California by James Marshall at Sutter’s Mill in 1848 led to a tremendous boon in California. People came from far and wide in search of riches creating a high demand for transportation from local towns to the mountains. It wasn’t only people that required transportation but equipment, food and […]