01/11/11 113 W, 1 I - + 10 - 6 Raleigh Fire Hydrant Map, 1903

Here's a look at the city's hydrant system a century ago. By 1903, the water system was 15 years old. The number of public hydrants was at least 120. Also noted on the map are fire alarm boxes, which numbered 32. Nearly all are shown on this Sanborn Fire Insurance index map. 

By this era, hydrant pressure supplied all hand lines. Three of the four fire companies had hose wagons, and the old 1870 steam engine was out of service. (It was  replaced two years later, and only called for large fires or to serve outside the corporate limits.)  Read more history. Or click once or twice to greatly enlarge:

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