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Bolt's Antique Tool Museum

Post Date:03/20/2017 9:15 AM





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For a limited time, Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum in Oroville has a special offer for visitors. Just bring any six (6) tools, old, new or any-place in between and in exchange the museum proprietor, Bud Bolt, will give you at no charge an informative 2 ½ hour DVD covering the history of tools and the famous Dust Bowl of the 1930’s. The Dust Bowl, also known as the Dirty Thirties, was a period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the US and Canadian prairies during the 1930s; severe drought and a failure to apply dry land farming methods to prevent wind erosion (the Aeolian processes) caused the phenomenon.

The museum which opened in 2006 not only has tools that have been used in the United States, but also has tools from 4000 years ago including those thought to be made by Egyptians and Romans in 400 B.C. A barbed-wire collection, old gas pumps, blacksmith tools and 125 tools representing 51 different railroads provides insight into earlier days in the United States. A gift shop which has many memorable items including a special $1.00 table for tools to take home and fun custom greeting cards with a tool flair theme are available.

The museum continually receives interesting donations and recently a special display of barbwire was found at a rummage sale and was added to the museum collection. Each month an informative talk is presented with the next one titled,” Classic Cars and the Franklin air-cooled vehicle” planned for Saturday, April 15th. All talks start at 10:00 A.M. and include a guided tour of the museum. The museum was recently featured in a nationwide publication called “Old Cars” after Mr. Bolt was contacted for information about a H-way Patrol D455 which turned out to be a tool used in Havelock, Nebraska on horse drawn patrol vehicles!

Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum is located at 1650 Broderick Street in Oroville and is just steps away from the Chinese Temple and Museum Complex, Centennial Plaza and the Feather River. Consider purchasing a Museum Passport which entitles the holder and three guests to visit five of Oroville’s Museums anytime during a twelve-month period. Passports are reasonably priced at $25.00 and make a great gift item!

Additional information may be obtained by calling the museum directly at (530) 538-2528 or the City of Oroville Parks and Trees Department at (530) 538-2401. The museum also provides a website abounding with details:



Press Release Contact:

Bob Marciniak
City of Oroville
(530) 538-2518

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