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City of Oroville
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Danny Ray Thomas

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
City of Oroville's "PASSPORT TO HISTORY" Program Information Available Here
Bolt's Antique Tool Museum
1650 Broderick Street  *  Oroville, Ca. 95965  *  (530) 538 - 2528
12,000 TOOLS  *  The Most Important Man Made Product On Earth

Article from Oroville, CA. local GOLDEN VALUES magazine April-June 2014
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"Battle of the Bulge" Display

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    Bolt’s Antique 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 The
"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.

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     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

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Classic Cars Packard in the 1930s Garry Gunderson

Jan. 16 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "The Dust Bowl" - 'Bud' Bolt


Feb. 20 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "Iron Workers" - Stu Shaner & Rick Hook


Mar. 19 - 10:00 am - Bolt’s ATM - “Babbitted Bearing Mfg” - 'Dude' Green

Apr. 16 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "They Say It Couldn't Be Done" - Jim Moll

May 21 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "Rise of the Automobile & Highway System" - Jim Shelby

June 18 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "Classic Cars: Packard in the 1930s" - Garry Gunderson

July 16 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "Early-Day Engines" - Dick Watson

Aug. 20 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "Vintage Tractors" - Rod Hisken

Sept. 17 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "Sport Cars: Jaguar in the 1950s" - Garry Gunderson

Oct. 15 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "Jeeps & The Military" - Jerry Mambretti

Nov. 19 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "We Hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro" - Patty Bolt-Wright
                                                                          (talk & slideshow) - Robin North

December - (No Presentation Scheduled)


Jan. 21 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "The Evolution of Tools" - 'Bud' Bolt

Feb. 18 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "Iron Workers" - Stu Shaner & Rick Hook

Mar. 18 - 10:00 am - Bolt’s ATM - “The Mountain Man” - 'Dude' Green


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
  boltmuseumstaff@boltsantiquetools.com  or  carlsbolt@sbcglobal.net

The "3RD SATURDAY PRESENTATIONS" 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 12,000 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.”

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New “Featured Display”

Our antique baggage cart near the entrance to the museum showcases some of our 3rd Saturday presenters.
We are planning to get more of these posters made up as soon as we can.

We Hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro Display Board
Bolts Display Board
Iron Workers Photo with Stu Shaner & Rick Hook
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     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

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"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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