Old Style Hinges and Locks

On vacation to the west coast this past week we (my husband and I) found a lot of old and interesting historical sites to look at. We started at the Redwoods in northern California and southern Oregon. If you haven’t had the chance to see the redwoods, you should. Pretty amazing. One of the trees we saw was about 22 feet across and 350 ft tall! That’s a big tree. And then we went on up highway 101 up through part of Washington. There are more lighthouses then one might think. We had a little bad luck when it came to getting tours to see these. Either they were being worked on and covered in tarps or they were closed that day. We even had bad luck with the sea lion cave. Long story short we didn’t get to see any sea lions. Even after all our bad luck, we still were able to¬† see a lot of cool and interesting sites like some of the Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks. Can you imagine what kind of door hardware some of these places had? Okay, you don’t have to imagine it… I will just show you.

First stop, Fort Clatsop:

Fort Clatsop has a replica that was similar to the one built by Lewis and Clark. They are confident they built the replica within yards of the original fort. The hinges and door locks were really interesting.

The wood hinges of Fort Clatsop were a little more simple than our day to day hinge we use now as you can see.

The locks look a bit more complicated than the hinges, but not too much. You can see exactly how the mechanism works, as the mechanism is right in front of your face. The mechanism for our door locks now are all hidden in the door, so I think it’s interesting to see with your own eyes how it all works.

Then it’s off to Fort Columbia to find more door hardware:

Fort Columbia is a military site that defended the Columbia River from 1896 to 1947. It became a state park in 1950. This was really cool. You could walk the entire site even the underground part, where I found more cool looking door hardware.