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Alsalio Herrera

Birth place or City of origin:
State of origin: Mex
Last known City: San Francisco
Last known State: CA
Start/Birth date: 1850
Death/End date: 1941

Alsalio was born in Mexico in 1850 and emigrated with his family to California shortly thereafter working, as a young man, with his father, Andes Herrera in a small shop in Hornitos, California. In 1868 the father and son team moved to Visalia where they sold bits and spurs to saddlemakers Jesus Salazar and Juan Martarel. In 1898, Alsalio went to work for G.S. Garcia in Elko, Nev where he reigned as master engraver and teacher for the next 17 years. He was also Godfather to Garcia’s children and considered by many to be one of the best bit and spur makers of all time. Artists and craftsmen alike would travel from all over the country to Elko to learn from the renowned Herrera who did the silver work for Garcia’s award winning World’s Fair saddle in 1904. In 1921 he moved to San Francisco and continued making bits and spurs for his own clientele using the shop of Filo Gutierrez. Alsalio was forced to retire in 1928 due to failing eyesight and died in the Bay Area in 1941 at the age of 94

 

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