Raleigh Fire Department History

Alarm Boxes


68 Alarm Boxes Listed

Box Number Location Installed Notes
4 W. Morgan at water tower pre FY 1890  
Not Listed pre 1903  
12 Polk and East pre FY 1902  
13 Johnson and Halifax pre FY 1891  
Northside Drugstore pre 1903  
Person and Franklin pre 1911  
14 North and Person pre FY 1890  
Oakwood and Person pre 1913  
Polk and Person pre 1915  
15 Edenton and East pre FY 1890  
16 Polk and Blount pre FY 1902  
Peace and Blount pre 1915  
17 Wilmington and Lane pre FY 1902  
18 Edenton and Person pre FY 1902  
19 Jones and Elm pre 1905  
121 Heck and Lane pre 1915  
Jones and Blount pre 1919  
122 New Bern and Haywood pre 1923  
123 New Bern and Maple pre 1915  
124 Lane and Bloodworth pre 1915  
126 Mary Elizabeth Hospital pre 1923  
21 Morgan and Blount, NE corner FY 1890  
23 Martin and Washington pre FY 1890  
Wilmington and Martin pre 1903  
24 Davie and Bloodworth pre FY 1890  
Davie and East pre 1905  
Watts and Cabarrus pre 1915  
25 Wilmington and South pre FY 1890  
Fayetteville and South pre 1911  
26 Hargett and East, NE corner FY 1890  
Hargett and Swain pre 1905  
27 Blount and Cabarrus, SW corner FY 1890  
28 Smithfield and Blount pre FY 1902  
29 Fayetteville and Hargett pre FY 1902  
212 Hargett and Dawson, NE corner FY 1890  
Fayetteville and Hargett pre 1903  
Not Listed pre 1909  
Swain and Davie pre 1921  
213 Morgan and East pre 1915  
214 Hargett and Bloodworth pre FY 1902  
Martin and East pre 1915  
215 Blount and Hargett pre 1919  
216 Hargett and Wilmington pre 1923  
231 Morgan and Fayetteville pre 1915  
235 Morgan and Blount pre 1915  
241 Martin and Oak pre 1915  
242 Lenoir and Swain pre 1915  
243 South and Bloodworth pre FY 1905  
281 Martin and Person pre 1915  
31 Davie and Dawson pre FY 1890  
32 Hillsboro and West pre FY 1890  
33 Boylan and Hargett pre 1915  
34 Fayetteville and Hargett, NE corner FY 1890  
Lenoir and McDowell pre 1903  
South and McDowell pre 1915  
35 Lenoir and McDowell, SE corner FY 1890  
Hargett and Dawson pre 1903  
Morgan and McDowell pre 1915  
36 South and Harrington pre FY 1900  
37 West and Hargett pre FY 1900  
38 Hillsboro and St. Mary's pre 1917  
39 Cutler and McCullough pre 1917  
312 Martin and Salisbury pre FY 1902  
314 Fayetteville and Davie pre 1917  
315 South and Boylan pre 1919  
321 Mills Wagon Factory pre FY 1900  
322 Hotel Raleigh (private) pre 1922  
323 Hargett and Dawson pre 1917  
333 Grape and Battle pre 1915  
341 Hillsboro and Harrison pre 1915  
342 Fayetteville and Cabarrus pre FY 1904  
41 N. Dawson between Lane and Jones pre FY 1890  
Lane and Harrington pre 1903  
42 Halifax and Edenton pre FY 1890  
Cary and Tucker pre 1915  
43 Jones and Saunders pre FY 1900  
45 Raleigh Cotton Mills pre 1903  
46 Hillsboro and McDowell pre FY 1902  
Edenton and Dawson pre 1915  
47 W. North , near Salisbury St. FY 1890 Installed by R&G Railroad
North Street near Car Shed pre 1903 same as above?
Salisbury and Johnson pre 1911  
412 Jones and McDowell pre 1903  
431 Boylan and North pre 1915  
432 Saunders and Johnson pre FY 1906  
434 Boylan and Devereaux pre 1915  
51 Whitaker and Glenwood pre 1921  
52 State Insane Asylum pre 1907  
53 Hawthorne Rd. pre 1921  
54 Park and Jackson pre 1921  
56 Hillsboro and Maiden pre 1921  
57 Oberlin Rd. pre 1921  

Box Locations From Sanborn Fire Insurance Map, October, 1949 (Incomplete)

  • Ambleside and Hawthorne, SE corner
  • Aycock at Dare, E side
  • Baseball Park between S. Wilmington St. and N. Blount St.
  • Dorothea Dix Hospital, Main Building x 2
  • Dorothea Dix Hospital, Ward 3A
  • Dorothea Dix Hospital, Ward 4A
  • Dorothea Dix Hospital, Ward 5A
  • DuPont Cir. and Kinsey, NE corner
  • E. Aycock and Sunrise, NE corner
  • E. Whitaker Mill and Reaves, SW corner
  • E. Whitaker Mill at McCarthy, S side
  • Everett and Chamberlain, SE corner
  • Everett and Chamberlain, SE corner
  • Fairview and Duncan, NE corner
  • Glenwood Ave. and Cleveland, NE corner
  • Glenwood Ave. and The Circle, SE corner
  • Harvey and Carr, NE corner
  • Hillsboro St. and Harrison, SE corner
  • Hillsboro St. and Hawthorne, NW corner
  • Hillsboro St. and Maiden Ln., NE corner
  • Hillsboro St. and St. Mary's St., NW corner
  • Hillsboro St. and St. Mary's St., SE corner
  • Jarvis and Vance, NE corner
  • McCullock and Cutter, NW corner
  • Methodist Orphanage
  • Mordecai and Chestnut, SE corner
  • Mordecai and Sycamore, NE corner
  • Mordecai and Sycamore, SE corner
  • N. Blount St. and E. Whitaker Mill, SE corner
  • N. Blount St. and Popular, SE corner
  • N. Boylan and Deveraux, NW corner
  • N. Boylan and Deveraux, SE corner
  • Oberlin Rd. and Roberts, NE corner
  • Park Ave. and Ashe Ave., NW corner
  • Park Ave. and Jackson
  • Poplar and N. Blount St, SE corner
  • Poplar at Courtland and Mordecai, E side
  • Raleigh Bonded Warehouse
  • Rex Hospital, in building
  • St. Mary's St. and W. Jones St., SE corner
  • St. Mary's St. at Brooklyn, E side
  • Stokes and W. Lenior, SW corner
  • Sunset at White Oak, N side
  • W. Aycock and Scales
  • W. Hargett and S. Boylan, NW corner
  • W. Morgan St. and Snow Ave., SE corner
  • W. Park Dr. and Ambleside
  • W. Whitaker Mill and Glenwood Ave., NE corner
  • Wake Forest Rd. and Harding St., NE corner

Box Signals (incomplete)

Year 1903, 1905, 1909, 1913 1915
1 blow test of line  
2 blows x 2 call for direct pressure  
3 blows fire under control  
4 blows direct pressure on  
6 blows then 3 shut down street car plant  
6 blows then 4 shut down electric light plant  
7 blows then 3 call for reserve steamer  
10 blows call for police  
2-2    
2-1-2    
3-1-2    
1-1-2    
4-1-2    
5-5    
6-6    
6-1-2    
7-7    
7-1-2    
9-9    
10 blows and 2 rounds from box    
15 blows    
distress signal and round from box    

 


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