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

The First Hundred Years are the Hardest

 
 
The First Hundred Years are the Hardest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 13, 2010
1. The First Hundred Years are the Hardest Marker
Inscription. When Sacramento bought steam pumpers the volunteers could not keep their steam? up, so they hired professional firemen. Since March 30, 1872, Sacramento paid firemen have always been the first to respond to any crisis.
New Helvetia Chapter No. 5,
E Clampus Vitus
August 5, 1972

 
Erected 1972 by E Clampus Vitus, New Helvetia Chapter No. 5.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 34.419′ N, 121° 28.776′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is on 21st Street south of L Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1215 21st Street, Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Dunn Mansion (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); California State Indian Museum (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of the Ridge Home - Sacramento's First Mercy Hospital (approx. half a mile away); Sutter's Fort (approx. half a mile away); The Coloma Road
Restoration plaque image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 13, 2010
2. Restoration plaque
Mounted above the main marker is a plaque marking the restoration of the firehouse, reading:
Firehouse No. 3 Restoration
Dedicated August 11, 1990
By
James Simas, Robert Simas, Daniel McAuliffe, and Stephen Cuddy
(approx. half a mile away); General John A. Sutter (approx. half a mile away); Jean A. Bell Kellogg (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
 
Also see . . .  National Register of Historic Places in Sacramento. The Sacramento Old City Association's page for NRHP properties in Sacramento. On Firehouse No. 3:"Fire Station Number 3 is one of two nineteenth century firehouses remaining in Sacramento. It was the oldest firehouse in use in the city when it was closed in 1982. Constructed in 1893 Fire Station Number 3 served the city west of Alhambra Boulevard for nearly a hundred years. The Firehouse is a two story brick building designed in a Classical Revival style. These classical design elements can be seen in the building’s symmetry, form, pediments, and decoration. The entry façade contains two bays, both two stories in height, which project slightly from the front. Classically inspired pediment, fire department symbols, and the decorated friezes are among the best in the city. Rusticated stonework around the building suggests a Romanesque Revival influence as well...." (Submitted on November 23, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.)
Hook, ax, and ladder - detail of north pediment image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 13, 2010
3. Hook, ax, and ladder - detail of north pediment
 
 
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Firehose and shield with "3" - detail of south pediment image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 13, 2010
4. Firehose and shield with "3" - detail of south pediment
Fire Station No. 3 (1893) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 13, 2010
5. Fire Station No. 3 (1893)
The marker is visible here, mounted to the right of the leftmost set of white doors.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 703 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 23, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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