There were no fire hydrants in Lincoln's Springfield. Firemen hand-pumped water from public cisterns and trampled over fences and gardens to reach private wells. As a homeowner Lincoln would have been expected to keep two leather buckets handy for an emergency bucket brigade. (Below) Firemen used speaking trumpets to communicate over the din at fire scenes.Fire companies were important social institutions in Lincoln's world. Much like volunteer militiamen, volunteer firemen enjoyed parading in uniforms at community events and relished the parties dances, and banquets sponsored by their companies. Companies would challenge each other in competitions to demonstrate their fire-fighting prowess. In 1858 a Jacksonville company came to Springfield for Fourth of July festivities. But play could be dangerous as the real thing. During the competition a member of the Springfield company was severely injured by a bursting leather fire hose. In a banquet that day, Abraham Lincoln—-an honored guest—-offered the following toast to the hometown volunteers: "The Pioneer Fire Company—-may they extinguish all the bad flames, but keep the flame of patriotism ever burning brightly at the hearts of the ladies."
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 3:31am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 273502 N 4408846|
|Decimal Degrees||39.79945000, -89.64555000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 47.967', W 89° 38.733'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 47' 58.02" N, 89° 38' 43.98" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 701-799 E Monroe St, Springfield IL 62701, US|
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