08/03/11 138 W, 1 I - + 4 - 2 Charlotte Fire Department Steamer Demonstration in Downtown Raleigh, Saturday, August 13

From the Charlotte Fire Departments comes this invitation to watch a live demonstration of their 1902 American LaFrance third-size steamer "Old Sue" on Saturday, August 13. They'll be pumping on Cabarrus Street between Gale and McDowell Streets. That'll be after the 9:00 a.m. apparatus parade, in which they'll appear and drawn by horses. Both events are part of the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo.

Charlotte's steamer is one of a handful that have survived in our state. The 1902 steamer was the last of four that served, at least as my records show. It was restored by members of the department in 1999. Learn more about the history of steam fire engines in North Carolina, as well as fire horse histories. Or click to view this PDF format flier:

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