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

Young America Engine Co. No. 2

No. C St., Virginia City

 
 
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By Denise Boose, September 29, 2014
1. Young America Engine Co. No. 2 Marker
Inscription. Young America Engine Co. No. 2 was organized in 1862, housing its Rodgers double end stroke hand engine in the Metropolitan Stables building just South of here, across from the Presbyterian Church. In 1867, the company built a masonry fire hall just north of the stables, placing the former vigilante bell from San Francisco in its bell tower. The large bell had to be moved to the center of the roof, however, because when it was rung ceiling plaster inside would fall. In 1872, Young America Engine Co. No. 2 sold its hand engine to Corvallis, Oregon and purchased the first steam fire engine in Nevada, a Silsby, housing it in a new, one-story building with a basement on this site, next to the Wells Fargo Building. In 1875 the company added a second story to the new fire hall that housed the steamer, a two-wheel hose cart, and a four-wheel hose carriage now displayed in the Comstock Firemanís Museum in Virginia City. Rent from the previous fire hall helped pay for the new structure. Young America disbanded as fire company in 1877, sold its equipment and re-organized as a real estate association, receiving rents from its buildings. Space was rented out in the former fire hall that stood until about 1900.
 
Erected 2014 by LECo#1, Comstock Fireman's Museum. (Marker Number 30.)
 
Location.
Young America Engine Co. No. 2 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 29, 2014
2. Young America Engine Co. No. 2 Marker
39° 18.494′ N, 119° 39.027′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Nevada, in Storey County. Marker is on State Highway 341, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 125 NV-341, Virginia City NV 89440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Bonner Shaft of the Gould & Curry Mine (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of Julia C. Bulette (within shouting distance of this marker); “Sixty-Two” Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); V & T Car No. 13 (about 300 feet away); The Great Fire of 1875 (about 300 feet away); The Millionaires Club (about 400 feet away); Washoe Engine Co. No.4 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
 
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Young America Engine Co. No. 2 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 29, 2014
3. Young America Engine Co. No. 2 Marker
Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 29, 2014
4. Photo Displayed on Marker
The Young America Engine Co. No. 2 fire hall was located on the east side of C Street, south of Taylor Street in Virginia City. Seen here with a full complement of fire lads posed out from for a company photograph.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 19, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 264 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 19, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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