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1890 Seattle Fire Department Bell

 
 
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By Kathy Ann Bugajsky, January 22, 2010
1. 1890 Seattle Fire Department Bell Marker
Inscription. This bell is the remaining symbol of the leap made by city leaders to establish and equip a professional firefighting force after the Great Seattle Fire of June 6, 1889. On that day, the young metropolis of Seattle was devastated by flames in spite of the efforts of its heroic volunteer firefighters.

Purchased in 1890 from the Gardiner C. Campbell & Sons Centennial Bell and Iron Works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the 5,000 pound bell hung above Seattle's first professional fire station at Seventh Avenue and Columbia Street downtown. Campbell & Sons made similar bells for communities around the United States.

Electronic communications soon made the bell obsolete, and it was taken down in 1919. The fire station lasted until the early 1960s when it was demolished to make way for Interstate 5. The bell came to MOHAI in time for the museum's grand opening in 1952, and was rededicated June 6, 2002.
 
Erected 2002 by Seattle Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). (Marker Number 1919.551.1.)
 
Location. 47° 38.733′ N, 122° 18.047′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Marker can be reached from 24th Avenue East. Touch for map. In the parking lot of Seattle's MOHAI (Museum of
1890 Seattle Fire Department Bell and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Ann Bugajsky, January 22, 2010
2. 1890 Seattle Fire Department Bell and Marker
History and Industry). Marker is in this post office area: Seattle WA 98112, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pantages House (approx. 2.1 miles away); George Ward House (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Fremont Troll (approx. 2.2 miles away); Broadway High School (approx. 2.3 miles away); Chrysler Building (approx. 2.3 miles away); Lenin in Fremont (approx. 2.4 miles away); Japanese American Remembrance Garden (approx. 2.5 miles away); Gerard Schwarz (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seattle.
 
Also see . . .  Video - - "The Great Seattle Fire" - - (Winner - National History Day 2007) -- Courtesy:: YouTube. (Submitted on April 9, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
 
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1890 Seattle Fire Department Bell image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Ann Bugajsky, January 22, 2010
3. 1890 Seattle Fire Department Bell
Close up of the the bell's inscription
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 4, 2010, by Kathy Ann Bugajsky of Seattle, Washington. This page has been viewed 1,444 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 4, 2010, by Kathy Ann Bugajsky of Seattle, Washington. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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