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The Unofficial Webiste of the North Little Rock, AR
FIRE DEPARTMENT

Fire Fighting In North Little Rock(Argenta)
in the days before Motorized Apparatus

The photos below give an idea of what fire fighting
was like from 1904 until 1917 in North Little Rock.


PHOTO COURTESY OF RET. NLRFD CAPTAIN JIM DANCY

This photo was ovbiously made at 5th and Main in NLR. The Hose Wagon has "Argenta"
painted on the side. This must have been the day of parade, since flags are very visible.
Both houses still stand today!


(Photo courtesy of the NLR History Commission- Sandra Taylor Smith, Director)
This photo shows what must have been "front-line equipment" in front of Old Central
at 506 Main. An Argenta (NLR) steamer was never known to exist. The options
available to NLR Firemen were: (1) Use the fire extinguisher, like the one below,
or (2) Pull the 2 1/2"hose and rely on hydrant pressure!

(Above Photo Courtesy of NLRFD and Chief Joe Mc Call.)
One has to wonder who the boy and his dog were. "City of Argenta" was proudly displayed atop the fire station.
This building also was City Hall until the present City Hall at Broadway and Main was completed. The bell in
the tower above the building was used to sound alarms for fires and also sounded the beginning of "curfew."

(Photo Courtesy of NLRFD and Chief Joe Mc Call)
Note the condition of NLR Main Street. Evidently, it had rained heavily recently. One has to wonder how far
the hose wagons could go without sinking in the mud! Note that one horse in the picture above is gray or white,
and that in the previous photo all horses were dark colors.

Photo Courtesy of NLRFD and Chief Joe Mc Call.
This had to be one of the first, if not the first Chief's Vehicle of the
Department. Note the high wheels on the buggy. The sign on the
building notes the business within is the office of some attorneys. The
metal box on the pole at the extreme right of the photo is a U.S. Mail
Box. I remember these in downtown North Little Rock in the 1950'S.

PHOTO COURTESY OF RET. CAPT. JIM DANCY
NLRFD CENTRAL STATION ABOUT 1914

PHOTO COURTESY OF RET. CAPT. JIM DANCY

PHOTO COURTESY OF RET. CAPT. JIM DANCY
Washington Ave. and Maple Street 1915

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