12/12/14 206 W, 1 I - + 5 - 4 Historic Fire Trucks at Historic Oakwood This Weekend

The 43rd Annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour is this weekend in downtown Raleigh. This year, the Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood is also saluting the firefighters who have also helped preserve property and save lives within the district. Raleigh Fire Department Historian Mike Legeros recently researched same and found some 125 working fires and over 200 smaller fires, from the late 1880s to present day. Read this blog posting to learn more. Or view his research documents: single-page summary (PDF) or full-report (PDF).

Four pieces of fire apparatus, from both Raleigh and local collectors, are planned to appear at the event, with the oldest on Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. They'll also have 1950s model at the Tucker on Saturday. The following day will see a 1960s pumper. Engine 3 will also be visiting at various times during the weekend. The fire engines will be parking along the tour route.

The tour is Saturday and Sunday, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day. This is the 43rd annual tour. Twelve properties are available for viewing. See this tour map for more information. Or learn more on their Facebook page.

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