07/07/09 96 W, 1 I - + 6 - 8 Early Fire Brigades in Raleigh

Your historian has been finishing some unfinished essays these days. Here's the next one, a short summary of early industrial and institutional fire brigades in the Capitol City. This is information recorded by the Sanborn Map company between 1888 and 1914. From factories to schools to hospitals, using pails and extinguishers and even private water systems. Fascinating peek at fire protection systems 100 years ago. Corrections and additional information is welcome. The five-page document is PDF format and even includes a couple diagrams. Learn more about the history of RFD.

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