- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - A 100-year-old relic from Vicksburg Fire Department’s horse drawn fire wagon days is getting restored.

The city is spending $2,415 to restore a wooden hose and ladder wagon that bears the designation “VFD No. 7” for fire station No. 7.

Clyde J. Ginn of Sumrall will refurbish the wagon.

“That wagon is in pretty good shape as old as it is,” Ginn told The Vicksburg Post (https://bit.ly/15KALc8 ). “It’s over 100 years old. They were last built in 1910. At one time, there were 29 companies using the same wheels and chrome (as the city’s wagon) on their wagons.

“Some fire departments built their own. There are oval straps on both sides of the wagon that held brass fire extinguishers. I’m going to refurbish two brass fire extinguishers and put them on the wagon so people will know what it carried,” he said.

The city department stopped using horse drawn wagons in favor of trucks in 1923. The wagon went into storage and was transferred to several stations. It wound up with other disregarded items at the old No. 8 fire station, which was closed in 2000.

Money for the restoration is coming from $40,000 in unused grant money for a walking trail project.

A location to display the restored wagon has not been selected.

“We’re still looking for someplace to put it,” Fire Chief Charles Atkins said. “Several places have been discussed. We had thought about putting it on display in a building, but we don’t have a building that large.”

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Information from: The Vicksburg Post, https://www.vicksburgpost.com


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