Thursday, February 4, 2016

Fire Hydrant

Today's picture shows a fireman operating a Fire Hydrant. The picture was taken in 1908 in New York City. I am surprised that they had fire hydrants at this early date. Not sure when fire hydrants actually began to be installed and used.


  1. The first hydrant in New York City was installed at the corner of Williams and Liberty Streets in 1808 and over the next 100 years were gradually developed into the modern type seen on the streets today. The first "modern" hydrant was installed in New York in 1902.

  2. One of the problems during the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 ,was that outside cities sending help used different fitting for their hoses. They couldn't hook up to Baltimore's fire hydrants.


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