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The Rominger Shop was donated to the Museum and represents early blacksmith shops. Welding would have been done in a forge and would have repaired horse-drawn machinery such as wagons, buggies, plows, and harvesters. Later the shop would have been converted from tools to repair horse drawn equipment to those that work on tractors. Repairing tractors was far less work!
Farmers had a shop so they could do their own repair work. Progressive farmers learned to adapt machinery to improve equipment operation and crop production. Raising livestock and crops demanded a variety of equipment, large and small. As farms and ranches became more mechanized a few farmers turned their inventions into manufacturing businesses, which you will see examples of today. Innovation and hard work was at the heart of the culture of agriculture.