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Colorado Springs Prospector (Newspaper) - April 1, 1981, Colorado Springs, Colorado Historical highlights from Early Day newspapers vol. 12, no. 4 Colorado territory Price four bits a Denver fire department the beginning nov. 23,1861 a at an adjourned meeting for the purpose of organizing the Denver Hook and ladder company held at the store of c. E. Cooke amp brother or. C. L. Bartlett was called to the chair and or. R. R. Dorset appointed Secretary pro tem. A committee on subscriptions reported that they had promised to them $178.75. Committee on apparatus reported Cost of necessary apparatus would Cost from $250 to $300. On motion the reports were received and placed on file and that the committee on subscriptions continue in their Well doing and collect funds As soon As possible. The committee on apparatus were authorized to Purchase a Wagon and have the same altered for the use of the company and procure a sufficient number of Hooks. Ladders. Buckets and axes As will be necessary to make an efficient equipment for the company. On a motion to go into permanent organization the following persons were elected officers to serve until removed by the company at the time of passing the Constitution and Bye sic Laws a or. E. Cooke Foreman. A it. W. Smith. 1st assistant. A or. R. Dorsett 2nd assistant. A pc. E. Cooke treasurer. A a a. C. Bayman Secretary. A pc. L. Bartlett t. Smith and Moore were appointed a committee to draft a code of Bye sic Laws for the government of the company. On motion the Bye sic of the red jacket engine company of Chicago were adopted until the committee report. On motion. A vote of thanks was tendered to messes. Cooke for the use of their store. On motion the meeting adjourned to meet on saturday next at 7 p.m., at the store of c. E. Cooke amp brother. A a a. C. Hayman the Rocky Mountain news photo Courtesy Denver fire department museum. On Parade Early Day fire fighters gave the modern fireman a heritage of which he May justly be proud. This Hose cart was decorated for a Parade on Larimer fire company nov. 23, 1861 there has been organized at last in the City of Denver a fire company which will be on Call Twenty four hours a Day for the purpose of systematically fighting fires a need which has been Long Felt in our Community. They will be equipped with apparatus suitable for almost any emergency to buy this equipment the citizens of Denver Are to be called upon to subscribe to a fund for this purpose. If not Able to give Money an article of equipment will be acceptable such As buckets axes or rope. The need for this organization was seen last Friday night when we had a fire in the business District. If there had been an organized company it would have been put out at once. Most of the members of this new organization have had training in fire companies in the states so they Are skilled in this line. Rocky Mountain news fire water needed nov. 13, 1862 when fires occur with such alarming frequency As they have recently in Denver it seems time for the citizens to think what they Are going to do for water when a House gets on fire which is desirable to save. The cisterns recently constructed in certain localities a three in number we believe a May and doubtless will answer very Well when fires occur in their immediate locality but if two or three blocks away they can be of but Little advantage. There is probably not a Well in the City from which water can be obtained with any rapidity which cannot be dipped dry in fifteen minutes. That resource then fails and there is none other nearer than the cisterns referred to or the River. There is not a Shadow of a fire organization and we have yet to see any Spon Tanous concert of action when it gets behind hallo oing a fire fire fire a and that is about All that has been done at any fire in Denver. We think the masses rather enjoy the spectacle than otherwise. Would it not be Well to look around for More efficient Protection than any we have if so an abundant Supply of water becomes the first and most important essential to be secured. It May be a question for consideration and debate How and where it can be Best secured. We believe that the quickest Means available is by the Camp Weld and Denver ditch and water company. Some two months ago this company made a proposition to Supply the City by the first of the present month two Hundred and eighty eight inches water in four or More streams flowing along the principal streets a for instance ferry front of and g a from a line crossing them at right angles somewhere about As far Back As the Catholic Church. The number of streams could be increased if desired to every Street upon which there Are improvements. Wooden cisterns could be constructed at every Street Corner and at intermediate Points if desired to hold a Large Quantity of water to be used in Case of fire and being constantly replenished. Nor is this the Only advantage. Constant water flowing along the lines of the streets will enable the growth of Trees along the sidewalks and Aid much in keeping Down the dust and Cooling the air of our parched streets. All that the company asked for supplying the Quantity of water named for five years was the Bonds of the City for six thousand dollars payable in five years and bearing ten percent interest. The interest to be paid Semi annually. The Cost then would be fifty dollars per month and at the end of five years the further payment of six thousand dollars. No one doubts that Denver can by that time pay thousands As easily As she can now pay hundreds of dollars. Until then the expense is but a drop in the bucket in addition to present expenses of the City. The proposition was not entertained by the Council. We do not know that the company would now enter into As favourable a contract with the City and certainly they could not furnish the water for two or three months to come but we think there would be no harm in citizens thinking and talking about the matter and if they deem the subject of sufficient importance petition the Council upon it. Rocky Mountain new mysterious fires nov. 13, 1861 a there will now probably be another spasmodic Effort to organize a fire company. Such efforts follow a fire As naturally As a Man locks his stable after the horse is stolen. We Hope however that the scheme will not die with the soldering embers of the old a Louisiana a but be carried out to practical working result. A Hook and ladder company could last night have demolished the burning building and removed All danger in less time than it takes to Tell. Twenty disciplined men would have been Worth More than All the two thousand who were present. Fires. Within the past few Days there have Ben several fires some of which look very suspicious. It has been rumoured that the House which burned Down May have been set on fire or at least unintentionally by some Loafer who had taken Refuge in the place for the night As the House was not occupied. There has also been two very mysterious fires in livery stables one being discovered while the old a a Louisiana was burning this has All the evidence of being set intentionally As Hay was found raked up Side of the Wall with chips and Sticks piled upon it. It was discovered before any serious damage was done. This also was the Case at the other livery stable it was extinguished before doing much damage. As there was a brisk wind blowing when this one was discovered it was very fortunate As it might have caused a serious fire with the loss of most f the buildings of the City. Rocky Mountain news of style hand try the first fir Enfin Ivor Umo in a nver. Photo Cowrt Ety Delver fire department museum Denver narrowly escapes feb. 26,1863 the business portion of the City of Denver narrowly escaped destruction by fire on monday evening last. Had the night been otherwise than a very still one or had even the Little air that was in motion blown from any other direction no Effort could have saved the town. But there was no High wind and As the fire occurred Early our citizens were enabled to be prompt on the ground and soon succeeded in extinguishing the flames. And now that our citizens have received a gentle admonished of our almost defenceless condition against fires we Hope they will lose no time in securing the proper Means and effecting the proper organization to provide against future disaster. We cannot expect to organize and maintain a fire department Here on the same scale of efficiency As similar organizations at the East. But we can very much improve upon the present system and action towards this result should be had at once. In our City Treasury there is a sum of two thousand dollars which has been set apart and appropriated for fire department purposes and As this Money is ample. There is no excuse for any delay in the matter. The first most needed work to be done is the organization of a Hook and a ladder and a bucket company. The Hydraulic facilities of Denver Are not such at present As to warrant the introduction Here of engine and Hose companies. The River is so far away from the business portion of the City that water could not be forced through the length of Hose which would be required and our reservoirs contain so Little water that an engine would soon exhaust their supplies. But a Hook and ladder company could work effectively and aided by a Well disciplined bucket company we would under almost any emergency be Able to fight Down a conflagration. Most of the buildings in Denver Are not More than two stories in height and As in All new towns Are lightly constructed. The demolition and removal of one or More of these buildings in Case of a fire would be but the work of a few minutes under proper direction and in nine cases out of ten would prevent any serious disaster. The City Council should not allow another meeting to pass without action on this subject. They Are to a certain extent the guardians of the City and will be held responsible by the people for any unnecessary delay. The Money is in the Treasury and should be immediately used for the City a Protection. It is a matter requiring no extraordinary discussions or mature deliberation. Denver is intensely combustible and is in danger of being destroyed by fire every hour. San Francisco before she had passed three years of her existence was thrice consumed and the escape of Denver for so Long a time seems almost miraculous. In connection with this subject we Are informed that there Are two or three of our business men who favor the Purchase of a steam fire engine for Denver. The proposition. We Are glad to know receives no favor. It would be a foolish piece of extravagant expenditure and even if a steam fire engine could be obtained without a dollars outlay it could not be of any use to use in Case of fire for the simple reason that we Are not prepared to feed it with a water Supply. We Are hardly old or Strong enough to put on Chicago and St. Louis airs and just now they would prove expensive. A Rocky Mountain news

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