Houlton's 1861 hand pumper, ca. 1930

Contributed by Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum

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The "Hand Tub" "was the second hand pump used for fighting fires in Houlton.

The first one was much smaller but carried a barrel of water on it from which the pump drew its supply. When the barrel was being emptied, more was poured into it from anybody's pump near by.

With this "Hand Tub" and a bucket line from the reservoir in the square, citizens fought a fire which burned all the south side of Main Street including the Nickerson or Fishman Block to Kellerman Street. This was before any organized fire department was in the town. (Descriptive note in the Berry scrapbook.)

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  • Title: Houlton's 1861 hand pumper, ca. 1930
  • Creation Date: circa 1930
  • Subject Date: 1930
  • Location: Houlton, Aroostook County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 8 cm x 14 cm
  • Collection: L. P. Berry Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum
109 Main Street, Houlton, ME 04730

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