05/02/10 90 W, 1 I - + 1 - 5 Raleigh Fire Department History : 1792-1912

This asset was previously titled Raleigh Fire Department Early History, and represents Mr. Blogger's best attempt to visually represent the people and equipment that became and comprised the volunteer Raleigh Fire Department. Pictures say so much more than words, don't they? We've shown same before, so this isn't exactly new news. The second page of the PDF document has been updated, however, with new numbers for the present-day department. How about a more modern chart, you say? In the works. Click to view: 

Next question, how did I make the thing? It was drawn three-some years ago, using Microsoft Word. Text boxes, graphic lines, faked shadows, etc. Sketched first on paper, as memory serves. And it developed over a couple iterations, with increasing detail and better arrangement and placement of the information.

During the production of the 2007 yearbook, I realized that the chart wasn’t necessarily print-ready for high-resolution formats. So I remade the thing using PhotoShop Elements. Didn’t do anything further with same, I don’t think.

How long did the research of the data take? The chart came at the end of a multi-year period of research. About five years of digging and looking. Some of the dates and facts were known at the outset; others had to be found. Sources ranged from library books, to historian records, to microfilm newspapers, to the fire department, to the physical city minutes in the City Clerk’s vault. It was a fun time!
Legeros - 05/02/10 - 10:43

One word: impressive. ‘Nuff said.
AP - 05/02/10 - 22:07

Thanks, AP. Thanks, too, Bill, for a nod on the ‘geezer site.

So what compels creation of such a thing, outside of an obsessive, er, healthy interest in fire department history?

Frankly, it was crafted to help myself. As I continued to learn and try to make sense out of the volunteer history of Raleigh, and which companies were the predecessors of other companies, and such, I realized that I needed a chart. At some point, the thing turned into a usual visual aid, for anyone interested in the history.
Legeros - 05/04/10 - 21:06

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