03/08/11 203 W, 2 I - + 11 - 9 Raleigh's First Steamer...

...might have looked like this. Below is a drawing or perhaps woodcut featured on the membership certificate of Rescue Steam Fire Engine Company No. 1. The company was formed upon delivery of an 1870 second-size steam engine built by the R. J. Gould Company of Newark, N.J. Click to enlarge:


The above picture appears in Fighting Fire with Fire by John H. Peckham, published in 1972. Much better resolution than as scanned from the below document! The 1870 steamer was hand-drawn until 1879, though horses were provided for occasional parades. A hand-pulled hose reel accompanied the fire-breathing engine. Both were stored in the 300 block of Fayetteville Street, in a two-story engine house on the lot of the county courthouse. Click to enlarge:


The 1870 steamer rode the railroad to fight fires in Fayetteville (1885) and Durham (1897). (In the latter incident, the conflagration had been brought under control and the steam engine was not used.) The apparatus ran considerably fewer calls after a water system was installed in 1887. Hydrants and hydrant pressure proved sufficient for fighting most fires in the Capitol City. The 1870 steamer was a reserve unit by 1891, and replaced in 1905 by a newer model. Read the entire history of Raleigh's steamers.

Just looking for info on the Newark Nj fire apparatus Minnehaha Exempt No 1 Steam engine.
Any info or pics pls respond. Thanks d
davis - 01/21/14 - 16:57

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