Grapevine in Tarrant County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Grapevine Fire Bell
This bell was cast in 1886 and used during the early 1900s to alert the 13 members of the all-volunteer "Bucket Brigade," which was established in May 1907.
Fire calls were received by Grapevine's telephone operator, known as "Central". The telephone operator was the person responsible for ringing the bell which hung on Jenkins Street to alert the volunteers when a fire was reported.
After the first fire alert siren was installed in 1928, the bell was given to former Mayor Benjamin R. Wall and remained with his family until it was donated to the Grapevine Historical Society.
This significant bell in the history of Grapevine is mounted in honor and with deep gratitude to all firefighters, past, present, and future. Who gallantly serve and protect the Grapevine community and its citizens.
Erected 2014 by The Grapevine Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
Location. 32° 56.07′ N, 97° 4.768′ W. Marker is in Grapevine, Texas, Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grapevine TX 76051, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Prairie Water" (a few steps from this marker); Grapevine Cotton Exchange (within shouting distance of this marker); Cotton Belt Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Land Patent Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grapevine Dairy Producers Building (about 300 feet away); The Founders Building (about 400 feet away); Willy Majors (about 400 feet away); Nat Barrett (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grapevine.
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