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Greeneville in Greene County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Classic American La France

1917

 
 
Classic American La France Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2012
1. Classic American La France Marker
Inscription.
First motorized fire truck bought
by the town of Greeneville and in
service from 1917 – 1965

This display building erected in
2006 by citizens of Greeneville.
Organized by a finance committee
Nancy Parvin       Pam Smead
Jim Cansler        Jim Loven
Bill Gass, Architect

( Second Marker : )
Nathanael Greene Museum
Fire House

Home of “Old Hulda”
This Fire House and all the fire fighting
equipment are maintained by the Debusk
Junior Fire Fighters.

( Third Marker : )
Profile of the American La France Motor Fire Truck

Type 75 Pumper with 600 GPM rotary gear pump

Bought by the Town of Greeneville in 1917
6 Cylinders __________ 105 Horse Power
Low Gabled Hood _____ Stutz Type Radiator
Curved fenders fore and aft
Suction hose slung over the rear fender
Spread-winged replica of the American Eagle atop the bell
Fuel tank and chemical tank with hammered copper ends behind the seat

Normally pumped 750 gallons of water per minute
In service in Greeneville from 1917 - - 1965
The electric flashlight had not been invented when the fire truck was built so two kerosene lanterns were mounted near the rear grab rail.
 
Location. 36° 9.633′ 
Home of “Old Hulda” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2012
2. Home of “Old Hulda” Marker
N, 82° 49.98′ W. Marker is in Greeneville, Tennessee, in Greene County. Marker is at the intersection of W. McKee Street and S Main Street (U.S. 321), on the right when traveling east on W. McKee Street. Click for map. Markers are located at the Nathanael Greene Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Greeneville TN 37744, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Greene County / Hawkins County (here, next to this marker); McKee Street "Flagship of Greeneville Mayoralty" (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Johnson Homestead (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Andrew Johnson National Historic Site (about 400 feet away); Preserving the President’s Legacy (about 400 feet away); The Home of the 17th President (about 400 feet away); Home of Andrew Johnson (about 400 feet away); The Homestead Grounds (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Greeneville.
 
Categories. 20th Century
 
Profile of the Fire Truck Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2012
3. Profile of the Fire Truck Marker
Markers in Greeneville image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2012
4. Markers in Greeneville
The first two markers are seen here in front of the Fire House exhibit. The “Old Hulda” fire truck is visible behind the markers.
Fire Truck Profile Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2012
5. Fire Truck Profile Marker
Greeneville Fire House Exhibit image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2012
6. Greeneville Fire House Exhibit
The markers are located at both sides of this structure.
“Old Hulda” Fire Truck image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2012
7. “Old Hulda” Fire Truck
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 250 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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