04/29/12 521 W, 1 I - + 8 - 12 Maxton's 1957 GMC Pumper For Sale (and Some History)

Here's a gem as found for auction on GovDeals, a 1957 GMC pumper from the Maxton Fire Department. Twelve bids at present. Truck doesn't run, alas. Operating condition isn't known, either. Looks like a heck of a restoration project for someone! See many more pics and details. Looks like the truck was serving as late as 1982, based on subsequent Google News Archives research (!).


Next question, what happened to Maxton FD? Looks like they were a town-based department until 1984, when MFD was approved to start serving a rural district named Queheel. By 1997, they were named Maxton-Queheel Fire Department. That same year, Queheel Fire Department took over protection for the town. (What the heck is a Queheel? No idea...) See sources and Sunday night research below the jump. Need to stop and poke around on my next trip to Myrtle Beach!

Google News Archives finds...

Secretary of State corporation records find Queheel FD incorporated in August 1993. Seems a logical conclusion that a town-funded and/or town-operated Maxton FD evolved into a private Queheel FD.

How did that happen, historically? Maxton was probably a thriving (if small) railroad town for decades. They had a fire department, which drew on volunteers that lived and worked in the town. Then people started working and living outside the town center. By the end of the 20th Century, the resources to run a fire department were not sufficiently town-based. We've seen that story before in our state.

Looks like it has already sold. I would love to have it since I like old GMC trucks. I hope it gets restored.
fire1983 - 05/02/12 - 17:47

All I can tell you is that the town wasnt giving us enough money so they became queheel and started getting money from the county
BJ - 07/06/12 - 01:01

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