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October 29, 2012

Fire hydrant

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Fire hydrant

Fire hydrant used in Saint Paul, Minnesota no earlier than 1884 and no later than 1972.  The hydrant has been repainted since its original use.  There are three openings on the hydrant stem, each with a bolted screw cap.  The fluted yellow top is stamped “MATHEWS PAT. / NOV 16 1868 / REIS’D FEB 28 ‘84 / R. D. Wood & CO. PHILA.”

To view more historical firefighting objects, and to learn about the dedication of the Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial on September 30, 2012, watch our podcast Firefighting in Minnesota: A Salute to the Fallen.

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