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1890s Horse-Drawn Steam Fire Engine

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This old fire truck sits in an enclosed glass stucture in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. The day I visited, and drove up it was empty, so I went inside the station to inquire about, and the officer I spoke to told me with a very straight face that we sold it on e-bay, and I said you are kidding and he said “ No ma’am we got 2 million for it we couldn’t turn it down” and then he broke into a big smile and said we had it out last night for the parade and the parade got rained out so we hauled it inside care to see it? Well he continued to stand there as I took some pictures, and told me some of its history, and told me they take it out twice a year, one being for the Christmas Parade and the other for the Dogwood Festival Parade, he then gave me a busines card and said if I called ahead on those days I could see how they bring the horses in and get them ready to pull the engine out. So I hope to go see that next Christmas. This one goes out to all the FireFighters out there, I am sure we must have a few in our member list. Happy Sunday.

Thank you all for your comments and views on my last photo.


August 24, 2008
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Aug 25, 2008 4:44:25 pm
Great image! My suggestion would be to remove the title, fade the edges with sepia tones and wash out the color so that it looks like an old photograph.

by Art_Ramos Homepage »

Aug 25, 2008 9:39:23 pm
beautiful post work and a true relic

by Richardphotos Homepage »

Aug 25, 2008 10:15:00 pm
I love seeing well cared for antiques!!!

David W

by DMWVCS Homepage »

Aug 26, 2008 7:50:28 am
it is a remarkable piece of history. so nice of that fire fighter to take the time to give you some history on it!

by Vik9740 Homepage »

Aug 26, 2008 10:19:21 am
I think we need one of these on my next hiking trip. Interestinc capture of this old work horse. Excellent. Aloha

by sharky_ Homepage »

Aug 26, 2008 2:42:47 pm
cute old truck ! Great shot !

by virginiese Homepage »

Aug 26, 2008 4:02:01 pm
Fantastic capture! A glorious Old Fire Engine!!!

by artaddict2 Homepage »

Aug 26, 2008 5:28:23 pm
super and so lovely too

by jocko500 Homepage »

Aug 27, 2008 10:44:34 am
I like these old bits... Maybe because even I can understand how they work.

by lorandbartho Homepage »

Sep 7, 2008 2:45:26 am
very excellent expression!!!!

by cannonn Homepage »

Sep 12, 2008 5:16:49 pm

by mininessie Homepage »

Oct 4, 2008 11:44:38 am
Wow, this is an amazing picture. The subject itselfs is nice but the way you presented it here is suberbe.

by iaacf Homepage »

Dec 15, 2008 2:06:50 am
Ohhhhhhh, what a nice car. Realy, I am impressed. Do you have other pictures of that terrific machine ? 5+++

by fractalbeke Homepage »

Feb 2, 2009 12:44:03 pm
Great picture - and also the story you told around is very nice!

by maxie-online Homepage »

Jul 1, 2011 8:29:50 am
Wonderful historical capture !Interesting photo!

by mariogiannecchini Homepage »


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