Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The 1871, state-of-the-art, fire fighting equipment that was used to battle the Great Chicago Fire.

The Great Chicago Fire started [by the O'Leary's?] the night of October 8, 1871. It was almost forty-five minutes after the fire began that the first firemen got there—an obviously fatal delay. Once started, the fire grew fiercer and fiercer. The firemen were valiant, they were brave; but in most cases their efforts were futile.
Equipment broke down, hoses burst, the water supply was lower than usual because so much had been used in fighting the "Saturday Night Fire" ten blocks north the night before. Moreover, vicious kinds of winds whipped the flames—they were called “fire devils,” made of self-generating whirls of flame and heated air—and they were forceful enough to send sparks and masses of flame forward in a single stretch for half a mile. 
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Fire Fighting Equipment by Fire House:
1) Fire House on Hubbard Street, between State and Wabash Streets. This is a first class "Rotary" engine, built at the Island Works of H. C. Silsby, at Seneca Falls, N.Y. Weight when ready for use 7,500 pounds. Is drawn by four horses. Attended by one two-wheel hose cart, drawn by one horse.
No 1 Long John Steamer

2) Fire House on Sanger, between McGregor and Twenty-fifth street station. This is a second class "Rotary" engine, built at the Island Works of H. C. Silsby, at Seneca Falls, N.Y. Weight when ready for use 5,200 pounds. Is drawn by two horses: attended by one two-wheel hose cart, drawn by one horse.
No 2 Wabansia Steamer

3) Fire House on Chicago Avenue, near Milwaukee Avenue. This is a second class "Piston" engine, built by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co. at Manchester, N.H. Weight when ready for use 7,000 lbs. Is drawn by four horses Attended by one two-wheel hose cart, drawn by one horse.
No 3 Steamer William James

4) Fire House on Larrabee street, near corner of North Avenue.This is a second class "Piston" engine, built by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co. at Manchester, N.H. Weight when ready for use 6,300 lbs. Is drawn by two horses. Attended by one two-wheel hose cart, drawn by one horse.
No. 4 Jacob Rehm Steamer

5) Fire House at No. 81 West Jackson St. This is a first class "Rotary" engine, built at the Island Works of H. C. Silsby, at Seneca Falls, N.Y. Weight when ready for use5,200 pounds. Is drawn by two horses. Attended by one two-wheel hose cart, drawn by one horse.
No. 5 Steamer Chicago

6) Fire House on Larrabee street, near corner of North Avenue.This is a second class "Piston" engine, built by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co. at Manchester, N.H. Weight when ready for use 6,300 lbs. Is drawn by two horses. Attended by one two-wheel hose cart, drawn by one horse.
No. 6 Steamer Little Giant

7) Fire House on No. 611 West Lake Street.This is a second class "Piston" engine, built by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co. at Manchester, N.H. Weight when ready for use 6,300 lbs. Is drawn by two horses: attended by one two-wheel hose cart, drawn by one horse.
No.7 Steamer Liberty

8) Fire House on No. 284 Twenty-srcond Street.This is a second class "Piston" engine, built by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co. at Manchester, N.H.:Weight when ready for use 6,300 lbs. Is drawn by two horses: attended by one two-wheel hose cart, drawn by one horse.
No. 8 Economy Steamer

9) Fire House on No. 173 Cottage Grove Avenue.This is a first class "Piston" engine, built by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co. at Manchester, N.H. Weight when ready for use 8,500 lbs. Is drawn by four horses: attended by one two-wheel hose cart, drawn by one horse.
No. 9 Steamer Frank Sherman

10) Fire House on No. 338 State Street.This is a first class "Piston" engine, built by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co. at Manchester, N.H.:Weight when ready for use 8,600 lbs. Is drawn by four horses: attended by one two-wheel hose cart, drawn by one horse.
No. 10 J.B. Rice Steamer

11) Fire House on Michigan Street, between Stae and Cass.This is a first class "Piston" engine, built by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co. at Manchester, N.H. Weight when ready for use 8,500 lbs. Is drawn by four horses: attended by one two-wheel hose cart, drawn by one horse.
No. 11 A. C. Coventry Steamer

12) Fire House No. 80 West Lake street.This is a first class "Piston" engine, built by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co. at Manchester, N.H. Weight when ready for use 8,500 lbs. Is drawn by four horses: attended by one two-wheel hose cart, drawn by one horse.
No. 12 Steamer T. R. Brown

13) Fire House No. 97 Dearborn street.This is a second class "Piston" engine, built by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co. at Manchester, N.H. Weight when ready for use 6,700 lbs. Is drawn by two horses: attended by one two-wheel hose cart, drawn by one horse.
No. 13 Steamer A. D. Titsworth

14) Fire House No. 180 N. Dearborn street.This is a second class "Piston" engine, built by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co. at Manchester, N.H. Weight when ready for use 6,700 lbs. Is drawn by two horses: attended by one two-wheel hose cart, drawn by one horse.
No. 14 Steamer Fred Gund

Fire House on LaSalle street between Washington and Madison. This is a first class carriage with modern improvements, including a patent steering aparatus, built by George W. Hannis, of this city. Weight of truck when fully equipped is 4,500 pounds. Is drawn by two horses.
Pioneer Hook and Ladder Truck

Fire House near the corner of Harrison Street and Pacific Avenue. This apparatus (Skinner’s patent), built by George W. Skinner, of this city, has been in service one year; can be raised to the height of 84 feet; is used for the purpose of elevating hose to the upper stories of high buildings, and also for saving human lifeand valuable property.
Hose Elevator and Truck
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D. 

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