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The fire engines that were in Old Sacramento have pretty good stories. Some of them are:
My class and I went to a field trip to Old Sacramento. We had a guided tour from our teacher, Mr. LaMarr, and he was great! We learned a lot, and one of the things we learned was about the fire companies.
There were 14 fire companies in Old Sacramento. Before California’s government said there would be taxes to pay the fire companies, the buildings would have to donate money to keep them running. If the owner didn’t and the owner’s building caught on fire, the fire stations would let the building burn down.
Once, in Old Sacramento, a fire was raging in a building. Two fire “wagons” were coming to a narrow bridge. Neither of them was going to stop, and they crashed into each other, flipping both wagons upside-down. When they got their wagons back up, the building was just a pile of black ashes.
California’s government saw this in Old Sacramento; they made all the citizens of Old Sacramento to pay taxes for the fire companies. A motto for Fire Company #3 was “Always Ready!”
The field trip to Old Sacramento was fun. We learned a lot about the history of Old Sacramento. It was absolutely amazing.
Article posted April 30, 2012 at 01:53 PM •
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