Corinth in Alcorn County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
1942 American LaFrance Fire Engine
This unit is a 750 gallons per minute pumper. The suction side of the rotary pump, located beneath the driver's seat and powered by a takeoff from the truck's massive 6-cylinder, 884 cubic inch displacement engine, was connected to a source of water, preferably a fire hydrant but perhaps a pond or any other source of water. The suction hoses are seen in the photo at left. The discharge side of the pump was connected to fire hoses used to fight fire.
The truck was propelled by a chain-and-sprocket drive turning the rear wheels. It has drum brakes on the rear axle, but no brakes on the front. Its maximum speed was approximately 45 miles per hour
(caption) Unidentified men refuel Corinth Fire Department's Unit No. 1, Circa 1925. Photo Courtesy
The Great Fire of 1924
The mural behind the fire engine is an artist's concept of the scene during the catastrophic fire of December 28, 1924, which destroyed an entire block of Corinth's downtown business district, including the four-story Opera House. The interior of the Post Office (now Farmers & Merchants) was also gutted by the fire but was later rebuilt. The view depicted by the mural is of Waldron Street looking west from a vantage point in front of the courthouse. The statue of Colonel Rogers, shown in its original position in the intersection with Franklin Street, was relocated after the fire to its present site on the courthouse lawn.
The mural was created by artist Victor Moore of Henderson, Tennessee and funded by a grant from Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 34° 56.025′ N, 88° 31.298′ W. Marker is in Corinth, Mississippi, in Alcorn County. Marker can be reached from Wick Street west of North Fillmore Street, on the right when traveling west. Located at the Crossroads Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 221 N Fillmore St, Corinth MS 38834, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within The Old Tishomingo Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); "A beehive of activity..." (within shouting distance of this marker); The Big Guns (within shouting distance of this marker); Caboose #2994 (within shouting distance of this marker); View Toward Batteries Robinett and Williams (within shouting distance of this marker); Corinth (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Troops at Corinth (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Corinth House Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corinth.
Also see . . . Crossroads Museum. (Submitted on October 16, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 16, 2021, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 16, 2021, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.