A piece of firefighting history is now a tribute to firefighters everywhere at a West Linn station.
Curtis Trailers donated a historic fire engine to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.
During a small ceremony for invited guests at 3 p.m. at the Bolton Station in West Linn, representatives from Curtis Trailers will officially deliver the engine and, honoring fire service tradition, firefighters will push the horse-drawn engine into place at the fire station.
The 1904 Nott Steamer was first put into service in Spokane, WA. It was pulled by a team of horses and its steam-powered pump, which still works, was capable of pumping a significant amount of water for its time, according to firefighters.
The Steamer was used by Spokane's firefighters into the 1920s, when it was replaced by more modern technology.
Sometime around 1930, the Nott Steamer was moved to a gold mine near Freedom, ID where it was used to pump water from a river into placer cradles. It eventually made its way to a wrecking yard in Lewiston, ID, where a collector from Spokane rescued it in 1952 and added it to his collection.
Years later, the Steamer was displayed in the Yakima Valley Museum until it was purchased by Mylo Curtis, of Curtis Trailers, in 1978. Mr. Curtis then embarked on a monumental project to restore this vehicle to almost new condition including modern certification for pumping water with a boiler system.
It will be delivered to the Tulatin Valley Fire & Rescue's Bolton Station 58 in West Linn Saturday.
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