Celebrating the Dorris Centennial with a Saddle
In celebration of the centennial of the city of Dorris, Conrad Koppenhafer spent approximately 300 hours designing and constructing a saddle adorned with images representing the history of the community and the ranches around which the economy of the community has been built. These images include the historic City Hall, the relatively recent American flag, the train tunnel at which the town was originally sited, eagles, arrowheads, and wildflowers. Conrad researched historic cattle brands which he tooled down the stirrup leather. The saddle is rich in Dorris details and historic saddle making design elements.
Conrad is using the saddle to make presentations to school children in Siskiyou County about the history of hides as currency in California, the history of ranching and the railroad in our area, and the art of leatherwork and saddle making.
A grant of $5,000 from the Community Foundation’s Community Building Arts Initiative, allowed Conrad to develop this gift to the community. He completed the saddle and presented it to the city of Dorris at the 2008, 4th of July Centennial Celebration.
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