city’s old hand pumper

OHIO'S OLDEST PUMP WAGON
OHIO’S OLDEST PUMPER BUILT IN 1850″
“CONNEAUT FIRE DEPT.”
pump wagon front
pump wagon front

Now I know that this is totally off topic for the Trillium Center, BUT, as a bit of a Luddite I’m not exactly sure how else to do this.

Recently I went to a Historical Society meeting here in town and volunteered to help sort thru some of the boxes of stuff sitting in back. At the meeting, the folks mentioned that they had recently acquired the City’s old hand pump fire wagon. When I was working at the Museum, we started going over what was what with the thing.

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our old pump wagon
our old pump wagon

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pump wagon rear
pump wagon rear

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there is a 4″ female fitting mounted to the rear of the wagon

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the pump II
the pump II

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a section of pipe is missing from the inlet (at rear) to the base of the pump where we find another 4″ female opening.

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the pistons
the pistons

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the pistons jugs measure 9″ in diameter. it appears that some sort of cover is missing from the tops of the jugs

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pump pistons
pump pistons

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.the piston heads measure just shy of 9″ in diameter, the leather rings are missing and there are 2 cups at the end of each 20″ ‘rocker arm”

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the pump
the pump

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the curved pipe, with comes out of the base of the pump as a trapezoid, finishes at another 4″ female fitting.

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front of wagon
front of wagon

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when it was bring rebuilt, the connecter hose/line from the curved section, thru the front wall of the wagon and the fitting found there were misplaced

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pump handles
pump handles

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.I did not measure the pump handles, mostly because they are crazy heavy and stashed behind the old Cataract Hose Company wagon.

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the overall dimensions of the wagon are as follows:

111″ (9’3″) long

31″ (2’7″) wide

48″ wheel width

86″ wheel base

front wheels are 31.5″ in diameter

rear wheels are 36.5″ in diameter

I’ll be updating this story as it progresses

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