The F. Ronstadt Company Wagon Works
Fred Ronstadt first came to Tucson in 1882 as an apprentice blacksmith at
the wagon shop of Dalton and Vasquez. By 1888 he had mastered his
craft and in 1892 opened his first wagon making establishment.
The story of Mr. Ronstadt's early years in Tucson, Arizona Territory,
including an excellent first person
narrative of the tools and techniques utilized to make a wagon from raw
materials, is recounted in Wagon
Making in Southern Arizona
written by James E. Sherman and Edward R. Ronstadt. Fred Ronstadt's
life story is told in
Borderman: the Memoirs of José María Ronstadt.
In 1913 the F. Ronstadt Company published a marketing brochure which
illustrates the processes for wagon making. Facts: The F. Ronstadt Co. is a unique historical resource, now available in its entirety on the World Wide Web.
Through the generosity of the Ronstadt family, The University of
Arizona Library is able to offer a rare glimpse of the past through
photographs of the people, places and products that defined
transportation history in territorial Arizona. View
contemporary images of:
All photographs are from the Ronstadt Family Archives, used by
permission. Some of the pictures have been edited to enhance their visual
appeal and usefulness to scholars: learn more.