09/26/08 138 W, 1 I - + 10 - 10 Nashville's First Fire Engine

For your Friday enjoyment, here's a photo courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives (N.80.3.61) showing the first fire engine in Nashville, N.C. It's a combination hose and chemical car built on a Corbitt chassis. Read more about Corbitt. The Nashville Fire Department was formed in 1787 (!) says their web site. In 1917 the town had two hose reels. In 1923, they had the above truck which was equipped with a 35 gallon chemical tank and equipped with 700 feet of cotton, rubber-lined hose. The volunteer fire department had 22 men, alerted by an air whistle at the Court House, a steam whistle at the power plant, and a bell at the fire staton. That information is from Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. The town had a population of 1,200 that year. Click to enlarge:
North Carolina State Archives photo

Corbitt trucks were made in Henderson
rnln (Email) - 09/26/08 - 21:27

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