11/25/11 90 W, 1 I - + 5 - 2 Vintage Photo of Lexington Fire Department

Found on eBay, here's the Lexington Fire Department circa 1916 to 1920. That's the seller description, that is. Better timeframe is probably 1923 to 1929, which are the dates of Sanborn Maps in my files. The town had one American LaFrance pumper in 1923, and two in 1929. (They also suffered three line of duty deaths in 1926, when their two engines collided. Read that story.) Neat photo. And if it looks a little funny in the center, that's because there was a watermark that we've removed. Click to enlarge:

It would seem then, that one of these pumpers is currently at the NC Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC. Long ago (approx 1969), the Fire Science students at Rowan Tech (now Rowan Cabarrus Community College) purchased the 1922 ALF pumper and restored it. In 1980, RCCC gave the pumper to the NC Transportation Museum. Lexington FD relettered it with LEXINGTON. Havent seen it recently but I hear its still there.
B Parnell - 11/30/11 - 08:08

Thanks, Chief! It’s been a while since I have been to the museum, but I recall they had at least one fire vehicle. (Chief’s car, maybe?)

I need to reach out and get a copy of all ALF deliveries in North Carolina, during the early 20th Century. They were exceptionally popular around here.
Legeros - 11/30/11 - 08:13

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