Amasa Barton Blacksmith Shop

–Photographed 2015 by David Walton

Blacksmith ShopBlacksmith ShopBlacksmith TrailwagonWorkbenchAnvilBellowsForgeBlacksmith Shop of Amasa Barton

Amasa Barton was called with numerous other saints to be part of the San Juan Mission. He accepted the call and set out to explore and colonize southern Utah and the Four Corners area. Eventually he settled in Bluff. It was there that he met his sweetheart, Harriett Parthenia Hyde, affectionately referred to as “Feenie.” Amasa and Feenie were married in Bluff in 1884.
In 1885, Amasa became the owner of the trading post eight miles west of Bluff, known as Rincon. Here, in a trade gone bad, he was shot and mortally wounded by an angry Indian from south of the San Juan. After much distress, an apparent crisis was averted.