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Bagdad in Santa Rosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Hand-Drawn Fire Hose Cart

 
 
Hand-Drawn Fire Hose Cart Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, August 24, 2019
1. Hand-Drawn Fire Hose Cart Marker
Inscription.  Circa 1870 hose reel cart, manufactured by the Wirt and Knox Company of Philadelphia, PA. This firefighting equipment dates back to the lumber mills of Simpson and Company, followed by the Stearns and Culver Company and later used by the Bagdad Land and Lumber Company. These portable hose reels were also used primarily by small towns, villages and railroads. When a fire broke out, typically four volunteers would pull the cart to the location, connect to a fire hydrant and fight the blaze.

As firefighting methods improved, the hose carts were replaced by fire trucks with pumpers to deliver the water.

We wish to express gratitude to the families of Leo V. Davis, Sr. and sons, Leo V. Davis, Jr. and John H. Davis for storing and preserving the hose cart and making it available for display in Bagdad, FL.
 
Erected 2018 by David A. Bailly, Bagdad, FL • David R. Adams, Chipley, FL.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
 
Location. 30° 36.165′ 
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N, 87° 2.102′ W. Marker is in Bagdad, Florida, in Santa Rosa County. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street and Allen Street, on the left when traveling north on Church Street. Marker is located behind the Forcade House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6865 Allen Street, Bagdad FL 32530, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Forcade House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Thompson House / Skirmish on the Blackwater (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A New Century (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Longleaf Pine (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Architecture of Bagdad (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Early History of Bagdad (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bagdad After the Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Native Trees (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bagdad.
 
Hand-Drawn Fire Hose Cart and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, August 24, 2019
2. Hand-Drawn Fire Hose Cart and Marker
Hand-Drawn Fire Hose Cart image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, August 24, 2019
3. Hand-Drawn Fire Hose Cart
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 10, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 577 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 10, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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