11/17/09 189 W, 3 I - + 13 - 17 Mount Airy Museum / Other Old Fire Apparatus? (Updated)


Readers Doug Carter and Rob Mitchell send some photos from Andy Griffith's hometown of Mount Airy, where this 1926 American LaFrance triple combination sits in the basement of the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. That institution also has the primo web domain of www.northcarolinamuseum.org. Two other pieces of fire apparatus are also parked in the museum.

Left is a 1910s (?) American LaFrance pumper that Sanborn Maps from 1922 said was equipped with a 750 GPM pump, 1,250 feet of 2 1/2-inch hose, a 40-gallon chemical tank with 200 feet of "chemical hose," two 2 1/2-gallon chemical extinguishers, and two 36-foot ladders. Right is probably a 1950s American LaFrance. 

Question for readers. What other museums around the state are showing antique fire engines? That is, in addition to the fire museums in Catawba County, Charlotte (now closed), Kinston, New Bern, Rocky Mount, and Warrenton (in progress)? (See photos from some of them.)

Some that come to mind include the Chapel Hill Museum (see photos), the Graham Historical Museum, and the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City (see photos). Click to enlarge:
 







I believe Kings Mountain has a museum that is at station 1 with an antique truck. I’m sure there may be more, this was the only one I could think of off the top of my head.
BFD1151 - 11/17/09 - 10:16

I think Albemarle has a 1920’ vintage pumper. It used to be housed in a glass enclosure at their old station 1. I dont know where it is now.
a reader - 11/17/09 - 12:42

Two (2) of Salisbury’s antique/older pumpers are now owned by a private individual including a 1922 LaFrance and a 1942 LaFrance. Not in public view, but the owner often shows them in parades and will occassionally allow for private visits. He owns a couple more pumpers also (like a 1921 and a 1944, all LaFrance)
a reader - 11/17/09 - 12:46

Updated with additional photos.
Legeros - 11/17/09 - 19:53

For those rail buffs, the NC Transportation Museum in Spencer has a few fire trucks, including a 1922 ALF from Lexington, a 1918 Brockway city service truck from Elizabeth City and a 1949 Mack that formerly served Spencer. However, there is no mention in the museum of the Spencer railway shops fire trucks, who built at least 5 fire truck bodies in the 1950s-60s for several Rowan County VFDs.
BFD1151 - 11/20/09 - 22:38



  
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