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Auburndale in Polk County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

City's First Fire Engine

Chief James A. Hancock Jr. Building

 
 
City's First Fire Engine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 24, 2014
1. City's First Fire Engine Marker
Inscription. This 1925 American LaFrance fire engine with its polished wooden bed and steering wheel, rare Italian tires and black leather seat was delivered to the City of Auburndale on June 23, 1925 via freight train. The City's first fire engine stayed in service until 1953. In the 1930's volunteer firefighter Nephi Darby gave the truck its nickname "Grandma" as he worked hard to keep it running and clean. The truck was restored in 1979 and was put on display in the Public Library on West Park Street. The truck was restored a second time after an arson fire in the library in 1982. In 1992, the truck was relocated alongside the Fire Station on Orange Street.

In 2001 the Fire Department moved to this location and the historic engine was moved into this building named in honor of Chief James A. Hancock, Jr. Chief Hancock worked for the City of Auburndale from 1951-1991 and served as Chief from February 20, 1956 until his retirement. He was named Outstanding Fire Chief in 1981 by the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association. His public service tenure remains one of the longest in the City's history.
 
Erected 2014 by City of Auburndale, Auburndale Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Location. 28° 4.056′ N, 81° 47.567′ W.
City's First Fire Engine image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 24, 2014
2. City's First Fire Engine
Marker is just to the right out of the picture.
Marker is in Auburndale, Florida, in Polk County. Marker is on Ariana Avenue north of Newbern Circle, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 125 Ariana Avenue, Auburndale FL 33823, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ephraim M. Baynard House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seaboard Air Line Rail Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Ephraim M. Baynard House (approx. mile away); Auburndale City Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Flatiron" Triangle Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Patterson Retail Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bayard Retail Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Cummings (approx. 4.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Auburndale.
 
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City's First Fire Engine image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 24, 2014
3. City's First Fire Engine
Plaque for fire engine on wall.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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