The people about Sparta early assumed a leadership in the making of tools and implements used by the settlers. A. A. Burlingame set up to make wagons in nearby Eden. He soon began to make plows and in 1866 moved to Sparta. At that time he regularly employed nine men in his shop. F. R. Crothers had already, 1857, begun the making of plows and harrows in Sparta, making as many as 1200 plows and 200 harrows in one year. He employed eight men. Plows are still made in Sparta.