Carlsbad Historical Society - The Shipley-Magee Barn

This barn was built at around the same time as the Shipley-Magee House. It was used as a “garage” to store garden tools, the buckboard, feed and it had a lean-to to house a horse. The asymmetric roof collected water into a covered circular pool in the back (a cistern). Water was precious.


We have on loan, from the Natural History Museum, at Balboa Park, a large 100 million year old ammonite that was one of many found on the shores of Carlsbad.

 Twin Inns Chicken

The last remaining plaster and resin chicken from the former Twin Inns Restaurant, which operated for over 65 years, is stored here. The last “generation” had three chickens, two were saved and stored by the Rotary Club, then stolen, and later reported found in Vista. The support and chest of the chicken had to be repaired using fiber-glass, and metal.

The Shipley Buckboard

This was repaired and reupholstered with funds from a Historical Society member, and from our Society. It is said that the Shipleys traveled to Escondido, Encinitas and Oceanside in this vehicle.

First Bank Safe

The safe belonged to the first bank in town. When the bank closed it was left with the feed store, and people stored valuables in it. This safe has a dual timing mechanism that prevents robbers from forcing bank officials to open the safe at night. When the time is set and the door closes, the safe will not open until the set time in the second setting is reached.

Amynodontopsis (American Rhino)

This is a replica, in resin and plaster, of an American Rhino that was found in Carlsbad, near the corner of Park and Neblina. It happened when earth movers were getting ready the development of new homes overlooking the Agua Hedionda Lagoon.

Its full name is Amynodontopsis bodei and it is estimated to be older than 33 Million years old. This puts it at the limit of the Eocene era, 56 to 34 Million years ago.

California State Prehistoric Artifact: Chipped Stone Bear

“This prehistoric artifact is called the “Chipped Stone Bear" and is the Official California State Prehistoric Artifact, as adopted by the California Legislature on June 24, 1991. As an effigy in prehistoric times, it is still revered today as one of the earliest examples of representational art recovered in the Western United States.” (


We have two saddles, a western style with a horn, and a regular saddle that is believed to be former Army saddle, without a horn.

Additional items

Geiger counters from the Civil Defense organization, many tools, a wash bucket for clothes, a blacksmith station, a display of first peoples in Carlsbad (Native Americans),including some matates.