At the Webb Brothers Blacksmith shop, you will learn how wagon wheels were constructed and see the blazing forge where the blacksmith makes horseshoes. Everyone who visits receives a souvenir "prairie diamond" ring made from a horseshoe nail. The blacksmith will tell you the story of how the prairie diamond came to be.
The Webb’s worked in partnership with wainwrights and wheelwrights in their shop to assemble wagons for the Mormon Exodus. In 1846, this shop was a hub of activity building some 2,500 wagons for families preparing to move west. Because the Webb’s supplied all the metal parts for wagons and tools needed for the frontier, they were among the last to leave town several months after the main population had crossed Iowa.
Four of the brothers continued blacksmithing in Utah; one had died on the Mormon Trail. The shop itself continued to be used for a time by others who moved into Nauvoo. While it fell into disrepair over time, the current reconstruction stands on the original foundation.