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On this day. . . March 1st

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  • hfd82@aol.com
    1884-Box 4 at Third and Market was sounded one round at 2 p.m. to denote the public demonstration of the new Hayes 65 aerial truck at Third and Market Sts. ?
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2009
      1884-Box 4 at Third and Market was sounded one round at 2 p.m. to denote the public demonstration of the new Hayes 65' aerial truck at Third and Market Sts.   This was the first aerial ladder truck in the city.  It arrived on February 29th and assigned to the care of the Mt. Vernon Hook & Ladder Company No. 1, located at 519 N. Fourth St. (present site of the North Office Building )  The truck was built by the LaFrance Fire Engine Co. of Elmira NY and cost $3,000.  The aerial was raised by a hand cranked screw mechanism under the front seat.  The fly section as well was hand cranked.  The truck was over 30' long and carried seven ground ladders ranging from 12' to 28'.  It weighed 5,300 lbs and was drawn by two horses.  A third horse was added in 1896 due to the city increasing in size and longer runs. The truck was an absolute marvel in its day! (I wrote a lengthy article on the history of this interesting rig that was published a couple of months ago in the Fire Museum News.  The newsletter goes out bi-monthly to members of the museum)
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