Solana Iron Works (Now Baker Iron Works) – 710 Valley Avenue, Solana Beach, CA 92075

 

Solana Iron Works was operated by Charlie Baker, the blacksmith, and Sam Lank who was a machinist.  Artisans like Charlie Baker are now few and far between.  Charlie could fabricate anything out of iron on his large presses which he operated by pulling a lever and which stood on fairly small concrete bases.  He also had a forge and with his huge hands he could pound out anything on his anvil.  Charlie lived on Sierra Street, north of the hotel, in a stone house.  Mr. Lank lived on Rios.

When Mr. Lank retired, Charlie renamed the company Baker Ironworks and moved the business to Valley Avenue in Eden Gardens.

 

 

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