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Old Time Hardware Stores

Hardware stores were integral to the fabric of towns, especially from the 19th century onwards, but they evolved considerably due to the Industrial Revolution. This era catalyzed the mass production of hardware items, allowing for the creation of dedicated shops that specialized in tools, building materials, and other hardware products. Previously, these items were typically available at general stores or from craftsmen such as blacksmiths or carpenters who directly sold their handmade tools and metal implements.

The term “hardware store” refers to establishments selling hardware. Initially, this meant ironmongery—the production and sale of goods made of iron. This definition has since broadened to include various products made from multiple materials.

As towns developed and populations increased, hardware stores became more than retail spaces. Particularly in rural or developing areas, these stores served as communal hubs where people exchanged news, conducted business, and accessed essential goods. They were crucial in supporting local infrastructure and agricultural activities, providing the necessary tools and materials for building and maintenance.

Store owners and employees often possess extensive knowledge about the practical applications of their products, making them valuable resources for construction advice and problem-solving. This expertise and their role in community engagement made hardware stores central to towns’ economic and social development.

In the 20th century, the rise of DIY culture and suburban development further propelled the importance of hardware stores. Chains and later big box retailers expanded the scope and scale of hardware retail, catering to professionals and DIY enthusiasts with a wide range of products.

Overall, the hardware store’s evolution from an essential provider of tools and materials to a community cornerstone and large-scale retail operation reflects its enduring significance in society.

Pacific Crest Trail – Wrightwood, CA.

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) section, which passes through the Angeles National Forest near Wrightwood, California, offers a remarkable experience for hikers. This part of the trail showcases the diverse landscapes characteristic of Southern California’s mountains, with scenic vistas, dense forest sections, and the unique flora and fauna of the region.

The PCT weaves through elevations that can range significantly in this area, providing varying climates and ecosystems. Hikers can expect to traverse areas dense with pine forests and mountainous terrains with expansive views over the valleys below. The trail also passes near several notable points, such as Mount Baden-Powell, a popular spot for day hikers and long-distance trekkers on the PCT.

The climate in this region can be quite varied; summers are typically warm and dry, making it a popular time for hiking, while winters can see substantial snowfall, especially at higher elevations, adding a challenge for winter hikers or those starting early in the hiking season.

This segment of the PCT is also notable for its accessibility from nearby urban areas like Los Angeles, making it a convenient starting point or resupply spot for those undertaking longer sections of the trail. Wrightwood is a friendly mountain town where hikers often stop to restock supplies, enjoy local hospitality, or take a short break from the trail.

Mountain Hardware in Wrightwood celebrates its 60th Anniversary

Mountain Hardware is a store located in Wrightwood, California. It is a small community nestled in the San Gabriel Mountains. Wrightwood is known for its picturesque landscapes, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and forests.

The town of Wrightwood is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, attracting hikers, mountain bikers, and nature lovers from all over. The area is home to several hiking trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs through the town. In addition to its natural beauty, Wrightwood offers a charming downtown area with shops, restaurants, and galleries. Visitors can explore the local boutiques and art studios, showcasing the talent and creativity of the community.

One of the main attractions in Wrightwood is the Mountain Hardware store. Located in the heart of town, this outdoor equipment and gear store caters to the needs of adventure seekers. Whether you’re looking for camping gear, hiking boots, or climbing equipment, Mountain Hardware has it all.

The store prides itself on offering high-quality products from top brands, ensuring customers access the best gear for their outdoor adventures. The knowledgeable staff at Mountain Hardware is always ready to assist customers in finding the right equipment for their needs. Additionally, Mountain Hardware provides services such as equipment rentals and repairs, making it a convenient resource for those who may not have their gear or need assistance with maintenance. Wrightwood and Mountain Hardware together create a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering everything they need to explore and enjoy the natural wonders of the San Gabriel Mountains. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a beginner looking to embark on new outdoor experiences, Wrightwood and Mountain Hardware provide the perfect setting and resources to make your journey memorable.

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Something noticeable about Wrightwood is that when you walk outside your door you are in a beautiful forest setting.  How nice it is that each and every house or cabin is different from one another, with individual character.  Quiet streets, fresh air filled with the fragrance of nature.

Walking a trail in Wrightwood

Nature at your front door

Mormon Rocks

Mormon Rocks, Cajon Pass

Mormon Rocks – Cajon Pass

Mormon Rocks located about 1 mile west of the Interstate 15 freeway north of highway 138 is recognizable to nearly everyone who has ever traveled the freeway from the Cajon Pass to Las Vegas. These familiar formations appear to welcome travelers to the Mojave Desert.

The sandstone was pushed up by a sub-fault of the San Andreas fault and further revealed by the Mojave Block changing direction in slope toward Death Valley rather than the ocean.

Older maps of the area show the formation as being called the Rock Candy Mountains. Local legend has it that the rocks were named for the Mormon pioneers who camped here after their descent from the pass ridgeline. In actuality, there was no reason for them to camp at these rocks where there was no water here with the nearest spring being only one mile further down the canyon.

Another legend calls the rocks the ‘Chanting Rocks,’ as when the wind would blow across the portholes in the rocks it was said the sound made was similar to a low chanting or singing.

Since the color and composition appears to be the same as the rocks at the Devil’s Punchbowl, 35 miles to the west, it has been suggessted that both were once the same and that with movement along the San Andreas these two formations were split apart. Scientific examination of fossils found between the two show that they are two separate formations.

Lone Pine Canyon

Lone Pine Canyon, I’ve heard it said, is a young canyon formed by the San Andreas Fault.  Here, looking eastward,  we can see how straight the canyon is. It hasn’t had time to form the meanders and side canyons that it would have if were much older.


On the right side of this picture in the Pacific plate. On the left, the North American plate. Slowly, these two tectonic entities grind together ultimately forming our mountain ranges in their slow swirl.

Inspiration — Introduction

Everything changes.  Some things don’t change fast though. Maybe daily, or hourly, even moment by moment. Without the inclusion of the work done by man, this photo may represent what things looked like one hundred years ago, or even older all the way up until now.  It would look just like this.  The weather will be different, but it will still be beautiful.

View of East San Gabriel River Canyon, Angeles National Forest

Looking down the East San Gabriel Canyon into a clouded-over Southern California

Friday, June 29th from 5:30 – 7:30pm

So Friday, June 29th from 5:30 – 7:30pm in our parking lot. Free hot dogs, soda and water. The bands are both new to our concert in the parking lot. If you saw the Mountaineer Progress that came out last Thursday, there is a great article about the concert and the bands. They are the Terry “Big T” DeRouen Gang and the Chase Walker Band (a sensational teenage blues trio). Bring your chairs and enjoy a great evening

Whoa, What Happened?

Spring has been beautiful and summer is almost upon us.  Now is the time for picnicking, hiking, and mountain biking!  When it does get hot, remember that it’s usually 10-15 degrees cooler here in the mountains.

Also whenever in the Angeles National Forest you will also need an Adventure Pass– $5.00 per day or $30.00 for a year we can supply that for you. Please remember to always pick up and take home any trash as this will make it nicer for the next visitor.