On our recent trip to North and South Dakota, our first stop was in Fargo. There is an open-air museum in West Fargo called “Bonanzaville” where, after touring the indoor part of the museum with an eclectic mix of historical objects, you can wander down streets lined with historic buildings meant to resemble a frontier town. The larger buildings are small museums in themselves, and one of them had old-fashioned tractors and trucks, including fire trucks. Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is about fire trucks and anything that has to do with fire fighting.
I will be posting more on Fargo and Bonanzaville in a future post.
These fire trucks are from the early 20th century, but when I was teaching, I wrote a “Readers’ Theatre” play for my students to perform about the Great Chicago Fire, which took place Oct. 8-10, 1871. One of the props was my tracing of a picture of a fire truck typical of the 1860s-1870s, driven by horses. I put the original picture, which I had downloaded from the Internet, on a transparency for a overhead projector; then I blew up the size of the image and traced the picture on a poster board. The end result looked like this:
When the Great Chicago Fire broke out on October 8, 1871, a message was sent out to neighboring communities to send any firefighting personnel and equipment that could be spared. Help came from as far away as Kenosha and Milwaukee. Significantly sized communities that are now suburbs of Chicago, such as Evanston, were the first to send help. Firefighters made a human chain to throw buckets of water onto the fire – the buckets full of water were passed down the line and returned the same way. It is no wonder that the fire raged for three days!