Sunday, June 7, 2009
Horse Drawn Fire Engine
I have always been fascinated by fire engines . . . new and old. Today's picture is from New York City, and shows one of the old style horse-drawn fire engines. The truck is on its way to the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire, which occurred on March 25, 1911. This was a devastating fire in a garment factory, with 146 people being killed. Some died from smoke and fire, and others died from jumping from the upper story windows. This fire actually led to new laws related to workplace safety.
As an added bonus, I found this interesting video clip of the New York City Fire Department in 1903, with horse-drawn fire engines racing to a fire.