04/10/11 108 W, 2 I - + 2 - 2 Hoists and History

From this weekend's explorations, here's a hoisting mechanism beside the basement access of an early 20th Century fire station building in Moline, IL. From a bit of Google searching, it looks like such hoists were used for lifting cans of ash removed from the coal-fired furnace.

And here's the hoisting mechanism for a hay loft, in a former fire station in Davenport, IA. The opening's been sealed, which is fairly common with such buildings. More photos of these and other historic fire department structures in the Quad Cities are forthcoming.

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