Mountain men, a gunsmith and a blacksmith.

Two rugged mountain men, one with a fiddle, hang out behind Seeley Stable at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
Two rugged mountain men, one with a fiddle, hang out behind Seeley Stable in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

Here are some cool photos of what life was like back in the Old West. I snapped these last weekend behind Seeley Stable at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Some mountain men, a gunsmith and blacksmith were showing visitors a few aspects of frontier life long ago.

Beyond this gate just off La Plaza de Las Armas is the yard behind Seeley Stable. Here you'll find outdoor exhibits, including old wagons and a blacksmith and woodshop.
Beyond this gate just off La Plaza de Las Armas is the yard behind Seeley Stable. Here you’ll find outdoor exhibits, including old wagons and a blacksmith and woodshop.
A gun smith who assembles his own old-fashioned rifles and firearms shows a visitor some examples in San DIego's historic Old Town.
A gunsmith who assembles his own old-fashioned rifles and firearms shows a visitor some examples in San Diego’s historic Old Town.
This antique flintlock pistol would have been used in past centuries for personal protection at close range.
This antique flintlock pistol would have been used in past centuries for personal protection at close range.
Another friendly mountain man had a table full of skins, knives and other objects associated with frontier life in the Old West.
A friendly mountain man had a table full of skins, knives and other objects associated with frontier life in the Old West.
A demonstration of how trappers in the Old West would set a beaver trap by a river and anchor it to a strong stick in the mud.
A demonstration of how trappers in the Old West would set a beaver trap by a river and anchor it to a strong stick in the mud.
This rusty tool with a long handle is a tyre shrinker. It was used for routine maintenance in the olden days--reducing the diameter of the iron tyres found on wooden wagon, cart and buggy wheels.
This rusty tool with a long handle is a tyre shrinker. It was used for routine maintenance in the olden days–reducing the diameter of the iron tyres found on wooden wagon, cart and buggy wheels.
Someone reads a sign near a tyre bender. This device was used to send long, flat bars of iron or steel into a smooth circle that would become an iron tyre.
Someone reads a sign near a tyre bender. This device was used to send long, flat bars of iron or steel into a smooth circle that would become an iron tyre.
An old covered wagon on display behind Seeley Stable. They were typically sturdy farm wagons with a canvas top. Covered wagons were used on trail drives and cross-country treks.
An old covered wagon on display behind Seeley Stable. They were typically sturdy farm wagons with a canvas top. Covered wagons were used on trail drives and cross-country treks.
Photo inside the well-equipped blacksmith exhibit. It's located behind Seeley Stable at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
Photo inside the well-equipped blacksmith shop. It’s located behind Seeley Stable in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
Some park visitors look into the small blacksmith building.
Some park visitors look into the small blacksmith building.
A blacksmith removes red hot iron from the fire. He was demonstrating how to make hinges today.
A blacksmith removes red hot iron from the fire. He was demonstrating how to make hinges today!

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