He was one of the last mountain men who roamed the Sierra Nevada Mountains during the early 1900's. Monte was a trapper, hermit, loner of the wilds, and to some a thief.
Some speculated he returned to the city, others that he disappeared into the woods. Either way he remains one of the most mysterious figures of Alpine County.
The blacksmith fashioned raw iron into horse shoes, wagon rims, candle picks and the hundreds of useful items he was called upon to make. The blacksmith tools exhibited are but a sample of the tongs, hammers, fullers and hardies he would have manufactured from his forge swage block and anvil.
He was born in the mining town of Monitor on February 2, 1881. Walt never married and spent much of his time roaming California's High Sierras with his motorcycle and sidecar filled with easels and paints.
He was also a skilled woodcarver and when money was scarce he was known to paint on backs of tin signs, wood crates and common items for his work.