Horse drawn ladder truck, Wakefield rattan factory, 1900

  • Horse drawn ladder truck, Wakefield rattan factory, 1900
  • "The Wakefield Fire Department purchased its first horse-drawn ladder truck from the Abbot-Downing Company of Concord, New Hampshire in 1892, replacing an 1871 hand-drawn ladder truck. The new truck was placed into service on July 4, 1893 with its predecessor loaned to the Wakefield Rattan Company. The horse-drawn ladder truck is shown without its ladders at a fire at the factory on May 4, 1900. The 'Washington Hook and Ladder,' a double-ladder bank, city-service truck, was used by the Hook and Ladder Company No.1. The horse-drawn truck was spared from the Hathaway Stable Fire that destroyed 18 buildings including the Central Fire Station in October 23, 1899, along with its fire alarm system, 1852 Jeffers hand tub, and 1895 supply wagon. It was among the first inhabitants of the new brick Central Fire Station on Crescent Street when it opened on December 22, 1900. The 1892 Abbot-Downing ladder truck was replaced in September, 1914 by a Peerless city-service type ladder truck." -- Text from calendar by Jayne M. D'Onofrio.
  • Image from the Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department annual calendar, 2004
  • Photo courtesy of Murray Young.
  • 1900
  • [Wakefield, Mass.] : Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department


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