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Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Sacramento Volunteer Fire Department

1850 – 1872

 
 
Sacramento Volunteer Fire Department Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 13, 2008
1. Sacramento Volunteer Fire Department Marker
Inscription. The Mutual Hook and Ladder Company, formed on February 5, 1850, was the first fire company in the State of California. It served with distinction until disbanded October 30, 1859.

On June 23, 1858, a grateful city donated this plot of ground to its Volunteer Fire Department for the internment of its deceased members. It is the only known maintained firemenís plot west of the Mississippi.

Sacramentoís Fire Department consisted of six Engine Companies, one Hook and Ladder, and a Hose Company. The Volunteer Fire Department gallantly served the city until April 1, 1872 when an act by the state legislature established paid departments.
 
Erected by Pioneer Mutual Hook & Ladder, IAFF Local 522, Old City Cemetery Committee.
 
Location. 38° 33.803′ N, 121° 30.002′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Sacramento City Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Broadway, Sacramento CA 95818, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Firemanís Plot (here, next to this marker); Newton Booth (within shouting distance of this marker); General George Wright
Historic Volunteer Fireman's Bell and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 13, 2008
2. Historic Volunteer Fireman's Bell and Marker
Marker is to the right of the bell
(within shouting distance of this marker); John A. Sutter, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacramento City Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Hardin Bigelow (within shouting distance of this marker); The 17 Doctors of the 1850 Sacramento Cholera Epidemic (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of the Old Tier Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
 
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Plaque Located Under the Bell image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 13, 2008
3. Plaque Located Under the Bell
Exempt Fireman's Plot
and
Historic Fire Bell
Restored by
George A. King
Retired Engineer SFD
1988
Erected by Ruhkala Monument Co. and Old City Cemetery Committee
Fire Bell image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 13, 2008
4. Fire Bell
This 1,900 steel fire bell, cast in 1859 in Sheffield, England, came around the Horn and was placed in service in 1863.
Historic Volunteer Fireman's Department Plot image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 13, 2008
5. Historic Volunteer Fireman's Department Plot
Volunteer Fireman's Plot image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 2, 2012
6. Volunteer Fireman's Plot
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,010 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 13, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   6. submitted on June 12, 2012, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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