Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 175


Amos Blacksmith Shop
101, Second Street,

J.R. Amos Blacksmith

Designation Date: February 16, 1999
Designation Authority: Village of Waskada
Present Owner: Brenda-Waskada (M)

Until the advent of the automobile in the early twentieth century, horse power was the driving force in Manitoba. And a whole set of services was required to sustain the thousands of horses working throughout the province. Key amongst these was the blacksmith. In Waskada, it was James Renwick Amos who filled the bill. Amos' blacksmith shop is itself as modest as you can get, but it is also unusual. The building is of poured, formed concrete, an early example (built in the early 1900s) of that technology. The village plans to restore the building as part of their museum complex.

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