Pasadena in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Pasadena Fire Department
Year & model: 1909 Seagrave buckboard-type fire apparatus; placed in service on September 23, 1909.
Original cost: $14,950, restored in 1966 for $3,600. Most of the work was done by firefighters.
Motor power: 45 horsepower 6-cylinder air-cooled engine. The drive train consists of a 4-speed transaxle and chain drive to the rear wheels.
Chemical engine: At the turn of the century, motor driven pumps were not perfected. Horse-drawn steam pumps were heavy and a fire had to be kept burning in them at all times. The chemical engine uses sodium bicarbonate activated by sulfuric acid. The old rig was essentially two giant fire extinguishers plumbed into a fire hose.
Active service: The old rig served as a fire pump until 1923. It was then converted to a lighting and monitor unit which continued service until 1930.
Parades and awards: The old rig won 7 awards in Tournament of Roses parades from 1910 through 1918. In 1970 "she” won her class again, and in 1980 was the "car” in which the president of the Tournament rode. She has appeared in parades from Burbank to Massachusetts, as well as
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Location. 34° 8.598′ N, 118° 9.036′ W. Marker is in Pasadena, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Fair Oaks Avenue south of Green Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 135 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena CA 91105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Baker Alley (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Site of Throop University (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Castle Green (about 500 feet away); Braley Building (about 800 feet away); Mercantile Place (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Mercantile Place (about 800 feet away); Edwin Alley (about 800 feet away); McCormick Alley (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pasadena.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 30 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 8, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.