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Yountville in Napa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Yountville's First Fire House

 
 
Yountville's First Fire House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 9, 2011
1. Yountville's First Fire House Marker
Inscription. On this site in April, 1929, the County of Napa built Yountville's first fire house, with Homer Douglas serving as volunteer fire chief and Silvio Tonascia as assistant fire chief. The county provided a 1929 Fageol fire truck to be used by the Yountville volunteer firemen. It replaced a trailer with a tank on it, which replaced a "push cart" that the volunteer firemen purchased when they were formally organized in 1917. The tank was filled at a local well, as the only other source of water was an undependable water line from an earthen dam in Hopper Canyon. During World War II the County and the Veterans Home established a mutual aid agreement for support to the community.

In 1946, the then fire chief died and for a time his widow served as fire chief. During this time the County put some three inch hyrdants on the Veterans Home water main and the firemen had a source of water to fill their truck.

In 1948 the County took over the operation of the Yountville Fire Station and Henry Hill was sent to be the County Fire Chief with volunteers as his crew. In 1960 the County selected ten men to serve as volunteer firemen under the Chief. In 1963 these men were released from duty. This ended over 100 years of volunteer fire service to the Town of Yountville by many courageous men and women of the area. This site is dedicated
Relief of fireman above the marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 9, 2011
2. Relief of fireman above the marker
Mounted on the rock directly above the marker is a depiction of a fireman with axe, ladder, and fire hose.
to them with our grateful thanks.

Dedicated May 21, 2004 in cooperation with
The Town of Yountville by

Colonel Nelson Holderman Parlor No. 319
Native Sons of the Golden West

Geo. C. Yount Parlor No. 322
Native Daughters of the Golden West

 
Erected 2004 by Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor No. 319 and Native Daughters of the Golden West Parlor No. 322.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 38° 24.225′ N, 122° 21.838′ W. Marker is in Yountville, California, in Napa County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street and Webber Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Washington Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yountville CA 94599, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Yountville (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Yountville Community Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Pioneer Christian Church Bell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Grave of George C. Yount (approx. 0.4 miles away); Good Indian Go Big Hill
Statue of volunteer fireman rushing to fire image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 9, 2011
3. Statue of volunteer fireman rushing to fire
In the center of Van de Leur Park, about 50 feet or so from the marker, stands a fountain with a statue of a volunteer fireman, axe and jacket in hand, rushing to a fire.
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Veterans Home of California (approx. half a mile away); Cal 100 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Battle of Seven Pines Memorial (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Yountville.
 
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Yountville's First Fire House Marker - wide view looking southeast image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 9, 2011
4. Yountville's First Fire House Marker - wide view looking southeast
The marker is mounted to a low rock, visible here just to the right of the pathway, at the northwestern corner of Van De Leur Park.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 365 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   4. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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