“[Horseshoeing] keeps me grounded to the past.”
Charlie Norton was born Nov. 25, 1942 in Scott City, KS to Walter and Francis Norton. He spent his early years in Leoti and Wallace County, KS. He went to work for Asher Crowley in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. In 1964, he joined the Army. After the military, he married Patricia J. Schulz, of Lakin, KS. They first lived in Ft. Morgan, CO where Pat taught school. In the spring of 1967, they moved to Leoti, KS where Charlie worked at the Hi-Plains Feedlot for John Carr and Asher Crowley. In late 1968, Charlie and family went to Sturgis, SD where he attended the Golden Leaf Farriers College. In 1969, he began shoeing horses in western Kansas and eastern Colorado, including those in 15 feedlots. His interests are painting, sculpting, silversmithing, saddle, chap, holster and spur making. In 1973 he cast his first bronze. Charlie phased from full time farrier to full time artist. He has been commissioned by the U.S. Forest Service and has made many bronze awards for various organizations. Unveiled in 2004, the “Birth Place of a Legend,” his sculpture of Buffalo Bill at Oakley, was chosen as one of the, 8 Wonders of Kansas. He has sculpted many other large bronze statues in western Kansas. He is a charter member of the Sharps Collectors Assn and belongs to the NRA. Charlie and Pat have three children, Tonya, Tanner and Carson, and six grandchildren.
Year inducted: 2011