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Welcome to our Tool Museum!!
 Please come on in and share our Passion for Tools, and other Collectibles.

thru Saturday 10:00am-3:45pm
Sunday 11:45am-3:45pm

$3.00 Adults and Children under 12 Free
($2.50/each for AAA Members or Groups of 15 or more)

Tours Available ~ Call for Appointment
530-538-2528 or 530-533-3096

1hour interview with  Carl S. 'BUD' Bolt


Bolt's Antique

12,000 TOOLS
 The Most Important Man Made Product On Earth

1650 Broderick Street Oroville, Ca.
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Bolt’s antique tool museum

special presentation “Antique Motorcycles” 

September 19th - 10:00 am - Bolt’s ATM - by Wes Allen

On September 19th, 2015, Bolt's Antique Tool Museum will proudly present an
informative talk by Mr. Wes Allen on antique motorcycles. Mr. Allen is a long-time
collector who is widely recognized for his ability to authentically restore some of
the rarest and most unusual early motorcycles ever made.

He will exhibit a few motorcycles from his collection and explain some of the
skills required and difficulties in restoring them. Replacement parts are seldom
available so Mr. Allen has had to become an expert pattern maker, machinist
and inventor to restore 100 year old bikes. Don't miss your chance to see the
rare 1908 Curtiss “Single” pictured above and other unusual machines.

The museum is located at 1650 Broderick St. in Oroville, and your $3.00
entry fee allows you to enjoy this presentation and to spend as much
time as you wish looking at the 12,000+ tools on display.

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Article from Oroville, CA. local GOLDEN VALUES magazine April-June 2014
Bolt’s antique tool museum
showcases “Battle of the bulge” display

    Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum has an interesting spin
on tools donated from individuals that have defended
our country.  They have put together a series of displays
with the donated tool and the military service information
about the donor.

    One of the new displays features information about
Battle of the Bulge” (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945).

    The Battle of the Bulge was a major German offensive
campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes
region of Wallonia in Belgium, France and Luxembourg on
the Western Front toward the end of World War II in Europe.

    The surprise attack caught the Allied forces completely off
guard and became the costliest battle in terms of casualties for
the United States, whose forces bore the brunt of the attack.
It also severely depleted Germany's war-making resources.

     Our local section strives to make each and every training meeting unique and interesting for
 our members. With this in mind, April Overfield arranged to hold our entire training day at
 the Bolt's Antique Tool Museum in Oroville. If you missed it, I would personally encourage
  you to not only visit the Tool Museum, but make sure to sit in on the presentation about the

 "Evolution of Tools". We learned about how humans progressed from the stone-age tools to
 the modern standardized socket wrench and beyond. Well researched and sprinkled with
 humor, this is a presentation worth experiencing.

     Mr. Bud Bolt (his real name), Founder of Bolt's Antique Tool Museum, was a pleasure to
 listen to. The museum is one-of-a-kind in the United States. Tools were obviously his destiny
 with the last name "Bolt" and his early work as a Snap-On tool dealer. The information and
 exhibits contained in the museum are fascinating. Like I said before, it would be well worth
 your time to visit the Bolt's Antique Tool Museum.   Tracy Wyhlidko, Oroville Training



                  Mar. 21 - 10:00 am - Bolt’s ATM - “Evolution of Tools” - ‘Bud’ Bolt 

                  Apr. 18  - 10:00 am - Bolt’s ATM - “History of Dust Bowl” - ‘Bud’ Bolt 

                  May 16  - 10:00 am - Bolt’s ATM - “Basics of Business” - ‘Bud’ Bolt 

                  June 20  - 10:00 am - Bolt’s ATM - “Birth of the Automobile” - Gary Gunderson 

                 July 18 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "Early-Day Engines" - Dick Watson

                 Aug. 22 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "Vintage Tractors" - Rod Hisken

                  Sept.19 - 10:00 am - Bolt’s ATM - “Antique Motorcycles” - Wes Allen

                  Oct. 17 - 10:00 am - Bolt’s ATM - "The Jeep & the Military" - Jerry Mambretti 

                  Nov. 21 - 10:00 am - Bolt’s ATM - "We Hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro" - Patty Bolt-Wright
                                                                                                (talk & slideshow) - Robin North

Programs start at 10:00am at Bolt's Antique Tool Museum
1650 Broderick Street, Oroville, California --- Cost: $3.00     
please call
530-538-2528 or 530-533-3096  or email us at
 boltmuseum@cityoforoville.org  or  carlsbolt@sbcglobal.net
 The History in your Hands program presentations are designed for ten to fifty participants
 and are held at the museum. A $3.00 per person fee is charged and the museum can assist
 groups with luncheon arrangements. The program is a 'not-to-miss' interactive experience,
 as is the large collection of over 11,000 antique tools.

 Contact the museum at (530) 538-2528 for additional information and starting times for
 the presentations which run about two hours.


      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 tools 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 the latest addition of custom greeting cards with a tool flair that
     are the creation of Mary Gunderson is available to make purchases for that special tool
     enthusiast in your life. Museum founder, 'Bud' Bolt said, “Mary visited the museum with a    
     car club and was so enthused with the various displays that she came back with a series of 
     very creative greeting cards that depict different items throughout the museum.”


New “Featured Display”

Our antique baggage cart near the entrance to the museum, holds a nice sampling of the over 12,000 tools on display.  The current exhibit highlights the wide variety of tools that were used in the old days for upholstery, tire repair, aircraft, buttons and drain plugs.  Maybe you used some of these tools in your profession.  Come to the museum and tell us your stories.  We always like to learn more about how and where tools were used.

       Tool Museum Fascinating:
     Having recently gone on a "date" with my dad to Oroville to check out Bolt's Antique Tool
 Museum, I wanted to express my thanks to the city of Oroville and Carl and Laila Bolt for their
 collective vision in providing a home for the immense tool collection.

     My dad grew up on a farm and after returning from World War II, he had his own building
 construction business for 60-plus years. Thus, he has worked with many tools and farm implements
 over his 85 years of life. We had no idea that the Bolt collection would be so vast and inclusive of  
 many different vocations. The appreciation for each tool's place in history was not lost on us as
 we meandered through the displays that represented different changes to tools as our nation
 moved industrially into the future.

     Carl Bolt is such an asset to the museum, as he seemed to be a walking encyclopedia of tool
 history. The expertise and enthusiasm shown by Carl of not only the history of the various tools
 and implements but also their importance at the time is a patriotic nod to our forefathers for their
 vision of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," the pursuit of which could not have been
 accomplished without the use of tools.

     A pat on the back for a job well done for recognizing the importance of the Bolt Museum to not
 only educate future generations but also honor the hard work and dedication of prior generations.

 Daria (Zanetta) Hardison, Modesto

"Old Time Fiddlers"
have a jam practice and fun filled event at
Bolt's Antique Tool Museum
1st  & 3rd Monday nights each month  --  7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
-- Public is invited -- cost $3.00 per person --  pay at the door.

Our museum displays over 12,000 different items consisting of
 Wrenches--Blacksmith Tools--Tune-Up related items
 Antique Jacks--Service Station Items--an assortment of Plumbing Tools
 Soldering Irons--Electric Tools--Hand Grinders and other Misc. items


 We can be reached at  (530)  538 - 2528

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