02/07/09 132 W, 1 I - + 12 - 12 State Fair Fire Engine Contests, 1870 & 1874

We've mentioned 19th Century fire engine contests at the State Fair before. Here's a formal compilation of newspaper notices and accounts from 1870 and 1874. The North Carolina State Fair was ten years old in 1870. The fairgrounds was located east of downtown Raleigh, at the present-day intersection of New Bern Avenue and Tarboro Road. In 1870, contests were held for hand engines and steam engines. Cities with hand engines that year likely included Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Salem, Salisbury, Wilmington, and Winston. Cities with steam engines in 1870 were Charlotte, New Bern, Raleigh, and Wilmington. By 1874, Elizabeth City also had a steam engine. What about other years, you ask? Unknown. None were encountered when I was reading Raleigh newspapers daily from this period, but that doesn't mean they didn't happen.

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