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For sale is a framed SAN ANTONIO FIRE DEPARTMENT PHOTOGRAGH. This black and white photograph reprint depicts the San Antonio Fire Department in the early 1900s. Frame measures 16 1/2 inches by 13 1/2 inches. A great historic photo of early fire fighting technology.

On June 6, 1854, a group of 20 young San Antonians met and organized the first volunteer fire department, called the Ben Milam Company. The company was comprised of only a bucket brigade, but with a lot of vim and vigor and determination to do something about protecting life and property against the demon “Fire.” In 1858, the Company purchased the first hand operated fire engine which made the local fire department one of the best in the entire Southwest. In 1891, after San Antonio boasted a population of 37,363 people, the city organized its first paid Fire Department. The department was equipped with two 700 gallons-per-minute steam pumpers, 5 hose carriages, 2 hook-and-ladder trucks, and assorted wagons and carts. The Department hired 45 firefighters. The Fire Chief was paid $100 per month, double-team drivers were paid $55, and privates earned $45 per month.

Weight 3.5 lbs
Dimensions 20 × 15 × 5 in