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Virginia City in Storey County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Washoe Engine Co. No. 4

 
 
Washoe Engine Co. No. 4 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 30, 2014
1. Washoe Engine Co. No. 4 Marker
Inscription.  

After Washoe Engine Co. No.4 organized in August 1863, it purchased a new Button hand-pumped fire engine with 9 1/4 inch cylinders, and 600 feet of hose for $4,288. The company housed their fire engine at the Virginia Stables on C Street, then purchased a lot from John Piper on Union Street for a fire hall later that year. If February 1865, Washoe Engine Company No.4 converted a former auction shop in Collin's Brick Building at this location into an engine house. In 1872, the company purchased a new 3rd size Button steam fire engine for $4,500, housing it and the hand-pumped Button engine in this location. Washoe's steamer was down for repairs when the Great Fire of October 26, 1875 broke out behind the courthouse, and the hand engine of No.4 proved ineffective against the wind-driven fire that would consume 33 square blocks of town. Because its firehouse survived the fire, Washoe's hall housed equipment of several burned out engine companies afterward. While most other fire companies disbanded after the fire, No. 4 remained in service until organization of the Virginia Paid Fire Department, selling its hand engine to Reno for $800
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in 1876. It sold its steam fire engine to the town of Truckee, California and disbanded in 1877.
 
Erected 2014 by Comstock Fireman's Museum. (Marker Number 37.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsNotable EventsNotable Places. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1865.
 
Location. 39° 18.561′ N, 119° 39.037′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Nevada, in Storey County. Marker is on B Street, on the right when traveling north. West side of South B St. behind the Washoe Club. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 420 B Street, Virginia City NV 89440, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dowling's Blacksmith Shop (a few steps from this marker); The Millionaires Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of California (within shouting distance of this marker); William Sharon (within shouting distance of this marker); The Crystal Bar (within shouting distance of this marker); “Sixty-Two” Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Col. Morris Pinschower Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Nevada Bank of San Francisco (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
 
Washoe Engine Co. No. 4 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 30, 2014
2. Washoe Engine Co. No. 4 Marker
Washoe Engine Co. No. 4 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 30, 2014
3. Washoe Engine Co. No. 4 Marker
Washoe Engine Co. No. 4 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 30, 2014
4. Washoe Engine Co. No. 4 Marker
Button Steam Fire Engine image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 30, 2014
5. Button Steam Fire Engine
This is the type of steamer that was purchased by Washoe Engine Co. No. 4 for $4,500.00. This is a Button steam fire engine. Today you can see another of Virginia City's steam fire engines in the Comstock Firemen's Museum at 125 South C Street, Virginia City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2023. It was originally submitted on October 4, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 529 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 4, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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