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Virginia City in Storey County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Washoe Engine Co. No.4

 
 
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By Denise Boose, September 30, 2014
1. Washoe Engine Co. No.4 Marker
Inscription. After Washoe Engine Co. No.4 organized in August 1863, it purchased a new Button hand-pumped fire engine with 9 1/4 inch cylinders, and 600 feet of hose for $4,288. The company housed their fire engine at the Virginia Stables on C Street, then purchased a lot from John Piper on Union Street for a fire hall later that year. If February 1865, Washoe Engine Company No.4 converted a former auction shop in Collin's Brick Building at this location into an engine house. In 1872, the company purchased a new 3rd size Button steam fire engine for $4,500, housing it and the hand-pumped Button engine in this location. Washoe's steamer was down for repairs when the Great Fire of October 26, 1875 broke out behind the courthouse, and the hand engine of No.4 proved ineffective against the wind-driven fire that would comsume 33 square blocks of town. Because its firehouse survived the fire, Washoe's hall housed equipment of several burned out engine companies afterward. While most other fire companies disbanded after the fire, No.4 remained in service until organization of the Virginia Paid Fire Department, selling its hand engine to Reno for $800 in 1876. It sold its steam fire engine to the town of Truckee, California and disbanded in 1877.
 
Erected 2014 by Comstock Fireman's Museum. (Marker Number 37.)
Washoe Engine Co. No.4 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 30, 2014
2. Washoe Engine Co. No.4 Marker

 
Location. 39° 18.561′ N, 119° 39.037′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Nevada, in Storey County. Marker is on B Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. West side of South B St. behind the Washoe Club. Marker is at or near this postal address: 420 B Street, Virginia City NV 89440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Millionaires Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of California (within shouting distance of this marker); William Sharon (within shouting distance of this marker); “Sixty-Two” Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Col. Morris Pinschower Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Nevada Bank of San Francisco (within shouting distance of this marker); Banner Brothers Building (within shouting distance of this marker); V & T Car No. 13 (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Virginia City.
 
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Washoe Engine Co. No.4 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 30, 2014
3. Washoe Engine Co. No.4 Marker
Washoe Engine Co. No.4 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 30, 2014
4. Washoe Engine Co. No.4 Marker
Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 30, 2014
5. Photo Displayed on Marker
This is the type of steamer that was purchased by Washoe Engine Co. No.4 for $4,500.00. This is a Button steam fire engine. Today you can see another of Virginia City's steam fire engines in the Comstock Firemen's Museum at 125 So.C Street, Virginia City.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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