Philadelphia Steam Engine Fire Co. #1

Philadelphia Steam Engine Fire Co. #1 (HMFSV)

Location: Pottstown, PA 19464 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 14.85', W 75° 38.907'

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After a series of bad fires in 1870, Borough Council recognized the need for a local fire company and sent representatives to Philadelphia to purchase their first piece of equipment, a hand drawn pumper apparatus, from the Philadelphia Fire Company #18. On January 3, 1871, with the help of some local men Pottstown's first fire company, the Philadelphia Fire Company of Pottstown, was formed. In June of 1871, they added a horse-drawn Silsby steam engine apparatus and became the Philadelphia Steam Engine Fire Company #1 (nicknamed the "Phillies") at their incorporation on August 21, 1871.

The Phillies first firehouse was located on the south side of the 100 block of King Street. On October 5, 1876, members voted to buy the lot at 240 Chestnut Street where the firehouse stands today. Construction began on September 6, 1878. All the construction was done by members of the company. T.L. Yergey was in charge of the masonry and brick work, and Frank Fegley supervised the building supplies and furnished the materials. The approximate cost was $13,000.00. The dedication ceremony was held on June 12, 1880. There have been only two renovations to the firehouse over the years, one in the 1930's to change the doors for bigger equipment and in the 1940's to move the social quarters from the basement to the second level replacing the parlor that had been used for meetings.

The Phillies have always been committed to supporting the needs of Pottstown's residents, as well as those of the community as a whole; volunteering many hours beyond those required to perform the "regular" activities of a volunteer fire company. This tradition still exists, and we hope that due to the effort of its dedicated volunteers it will continue into the future.
—William Krause
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Year Placed2002
Placed ByPottstown 250th Anniversary Committee
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 3:14pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 444848 N 4455429
Decimal Degrees40.24750000, -75.64845000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 14.85', W 75° 38.907'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 14' 51.00" N, 75° 38' 54.42" W
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Area Code(s)484, 610
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 239 Chestnut St, Pottstown PA 19464, US
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