One of Fred Watson's spurs, Biddeford, ca. 1885

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One of Fred Watson's spurs, Biddeford, ca. 1885
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These spurs belonged to Fred C. Watson of Biddeford. He was a blacksmith, and as a young man traveled to the western frontier to work at the Elkhorn Ranch, which was owned by Theodore Roosevelt. The ranch was run by two men from Maine, Bill Sewall and Wilmot Dow, and that may be how Watson ended up working there. The ranch's blacksmith shop was completed in the spring of 1885, when Watson was 20 years old. Upon returning to Maine, Watson worked at Townsend Brothers carriage makers in Biddeford, and eventually was the foreman of the blacksmith shop at Saco-Lowell. He retired from Saco-Lowell in 1937.

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  • Title: One of Fred Watson's spurs, Biddeford, ca. 1885
  • Creator: Watson, Fred C.
  • Creation Date: circa 1885
  • Subject Date: circa 1885
  • Local Name: Elkhorn Ranch
  • Town: Biddeford, Medora
  • County: Billings, York
  • State: ME, ND
  • Media: Metal and leather
  • Dimensions: 5 cm x 21 cm x 10 cm
  • Local Code: 2006.35
  • Collection: Special Collections
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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