The second alternative to Fort Sumter was the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum. Located just a bit north of the Patriot’s Point area off of I-26 it wasn’t too far away and I’m very glad I took the opportunity to visit. They have an excellent collection of vintage fire apparatus with 18 of them on display in well restored condition. There are also informative displays about firefighting, the history of firefighting, arson, and fire safety as well as fun activities for children (the children visiting really seemed to be having a lot fun, this museum would probably a great family activity).
It became very obvious while taking photos at the Fire Museum that I need to get a better flash for the camera. The built in flash just doesn’t cut it in most cases. It’s something that I already knew but I’m now motivated to save up for one.
1857 Button & Blake Hand Pumped Fire Engine
1912 American LaFrance “Metropolitan” Steamer
1911 American LaFrance “Type 5” Double Tank Combo
1911 American LaFrance “Type 8” Roadster. This one was originally built as race car but was never raced.
1914 American LaFrance “Type 12” Pumper
1919 Ford-American LaFrance Model-T Chemical Car
1920 American LaFrance Type 75 Pump & Hose Car
1920 American LaFrance “Type 40” Combination
1958 GMC/Pitman Snorkel Truck No. 1. It was designed by Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Quinn by combining a commercially available tree trimming/utility platform with a hose and monitor.
1969 American LaFrance 900 Series “Dominion” Pumper
1926 American LaFrance “Type 75” Triple Combination
1931 American LaFrance “Type 191” Pumper
1932 American LaFrance er “Type 245” Pumper
1935 American LaFrance 400 Series Pumper
1940 American LaFrance 500 Series Pumper
1956 American LaFrance 700 Series “775-PJO” Pumper
Richard Mason Hand Fire “Enjin” from circa 1785. It is believed to one of the first used in Charleston for fire protection.
1929 American LaFrance “Type 270” Double-Bank Service Truck
1930s Fire Station Dispatcher. Calls came in by telephone and the row of switches/lights were used to control traffic signals during responses to calls.
Flag honoring the Charleston 9, 9 Firefighters lost in the line of duty fighting a fire at the Charleston Sofa Super Store on June 18, 2007.
Photos from Patriots Point including the USS Yorktown, USS Clamagore, and USS Laffey are still to come. You can find photos from Fort Moultrie here.