Longview in Gregg County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
"Dolly" — Longview's First Fire Engine
To serve the growing population (2,034 residents by 1900), a volunteer fire department was organized in 1855. Like many other volunteer fire departments of that era, it was a hobby and social club for young civic leaders. The department was based in an octagonal brick building on Tyler Street near the rear of the Texas & Pacific depot. The department's first engine was called "Dolly" in honor of resident Dolly Northcutt.
In 1894, Bill Dalton and his outlaw gang robbed the First National Bank, located across Tyler Street from the fire station. The robbers shot their way out of town on horseback after a gun battle that saw two citizens and one outlaw killed with several others wounded. In 1897, a new courthouse was erected and the local Lacy Telephone Company began serving the community.
Erected 2000 by One Hundred Acres of Heritage, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 32° 29.739′ N, 94° 44.209′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 219 East Methvin Street, Longview TX 75601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Railroad Boom Town Settles Down (here, next to this marker); Rails, Timber and Cotton Bring Growth (here, next to this marker); The Good Old Days (here, next to this marker); Technology Brings Modern Conveniences (a few steps from this marker); The End of the Beginning (a few steps from this marker); Longview Charters First Industry in Texas (a few steps from this marker); A New County is Born (a few steps from this marker); Transportation: Model T's, Trains & Trolleys (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Longview.
Also see . . .
1. The Dalton Gang bank robbery. (Submitted on September 29, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on the Dalton Gang. (Submitted on September 29, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 315 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 29, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.