Raleigh Fire Department History

Reports


Sanborn Map Summary, 1884

       Water Facilities

Raleigh Water Co. Tower & Direct pumping System of Water Works. Pumping Station, situated on Walnut Creek, 1 1/2 miles south of State Capitol. 2.80 ? Boilers, 2 Smith & Vale Duplex Compound Condensing Pumping Engines, Adequate pumping capacity, 2 Million Galls. per 24 hours, 2 Power Pumps of similar capacity with turbine water wheel connection. Reserve reservoir of capacity sufficient to supply 2 million gallons per 24 hours. Tower and reservoir situated on south side of West Morgan St. between S. Salisbury & S. McDowell Sts. at an elevation of 120 feet. Capacity 100,000 gals. Height of masonry, 90', tank 30', total 120'. 14" w. pipe connection with pump No. _. 12" w. pipe connection with Street Mains. Gate value at foot of tower. 12 miles water pipes in city limits. 3 miles w.p. beyond city limits. 105 6" & 20 4" double hydrants. Average pressure from tower 47 lbs, direct pumping gives 68 lbs pressure per sq. inch.

Fire Department

Volunteer of 200 men, 1 steam engine, 1 hand engine, 1 double tank chemical engine, 1 single tank chemical engine, 2 hook & ladder trucks. 1 indep'd carriage, 4 independent hose carts. 1,600' 2 1/2" rubber, 700' 2 1/2" cotton, & 500' 2 1/2" leather hose. Gamewell fire alarm telegraph, 10 boxes.

Police force of 1 Chief, 2 Sergeants, 10 Patrol men. 6 policemen on duty day & night.

  


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