The City of Hood River purchased a 1920 LaFrance Pumper in 1921 for $13,000. It was housed in the new combined City Hall and Fire Station (now the Municipal Court) on Second Street. Still popular in parades, the pumper joins in the July 4th festivities every year.
(Oops-- an alert viewer has pointed out this photo is of Engine #2, but the photo description refers to Engine #1. I'll correct this soon, after I finish writing "all fire engines do not look alike" 100 times on the blackboard.)
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
$13,000 was a lot of money back then. That's $159,0000 in today's dollars.
arthur on 14th March 2011 @ 11:44am
This fire engine can now be seen at the WAAM Museum.
Bill Pattison on 14th March 2011 @ 1:52pm
Great picture however note refers to the 1920 American LaFrance, this is a picture of Engine #2 not Engine #1
The American LaFrance, also had hard rubber tires when first delievered. Engine #2 was smaller and I believe a Chevrolet chassis but would need to do some more research to be sure. Thanks for the pictures, keep them coming.
Jim Gray on 21st March 2011 @ 6:04pm
Yes, this fire engine can be seen at Western Antique Aero and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) in Hood River along with many other antique autos, airplanes and motorcycles.
The fire engine is a favorite of many visitors!
Katie Miller on 8th April 2012 @ 9:55am
The engine that resided at WAAAM, now is at the new HRFD station,is engine #1. It is larger, has wooden-spoke wheels with pneumatic tires which replaced hard rubber a long time ago. The chem tank is now missing, was behind the seat rather than under it, and it sported very large suction hoses along the sides. #1 is a pumper, big vane pump under the seat. I am familiar with eng. #1, and that's not her. Besides, there's a figure 2 on the gas tank!
J.E. Sheppard on 16th April 2013 @ 8:38pm
came in a week ago and top photos of the engine on the left as you walk in. I am painting it now with Watercolors and would love a bit more info....is it a steam pumper? What was it called, and what year?
Your help appreciated.
www.preslanart. If you want to see how I paint.
Kris Preslan on 19th August 2015 @ 4:35pm