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General Fire Discussion => General Firefighting Discussion => Topic started by: squad546 on October 02, 2013, 02:13:31 AM

Title: Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Post by: squad546 on October 02, 2013, 02:13:31 AM
I was going through old Sanborn Fire Insurance maps on another project and realized how many old firehouses and fire manufacturers are on the old maps. These were made from the late 1800s through about WW2, they are fairly detailed drawings of buildings to estimate fire insurance liabilities. If anyone is looking for old firehouses, let me know. Here's an example of the old station 1 in Gary, IN;
Title: Re: Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Post by: MFDPhoto1 on October 02, 2013, 08:49:00 AM
squad546:

Yes, The Sanborn Fire Ins. Maps are absolutely wonderful. Example; over the years I found the location of old (1800's) 'hose-reel' stations that were long gone by the turn of the Century, (that knowone new exactly where they were) with a newer building sitting where they were.  The 'maps' are priceless especially when doing a history project, complete with the size of the water mains, the size of the buildings, how they were heated, etc., etc. 

Thanks for posting this very valuable resource .......  :-)
Title: Re: Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Post by: squad546 on October 05, 2013, 02:28:22 AM
I found a couple buildings still standing that I've been able to confirm as former fire houses with the maps. Another thing I though to look-up are the old fire apparatus factories.

1-Howe Fire Apparatus, 1954. Anderson, IN
2-American LaFrance, 1931. Elmira, NY
3-Hahn, 1927 updated in 1943. Hamburg, PA
4-Pirsch, 1918, updated in 1950. Kenosha, WI
Title: Re: Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Post by: squad546 on October 12, 2013, 12:20:18 AM
Something else I found interesting. For every city & town they listed information on the fire department, some more detailed then others, including the make of the apparatus.

1-Cincinnati 1940
2-Cleveland 1931
3-Columbus 1946
4-Youngstown 1945


 
Title: Re: Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Post by: squad546 on November 20, 2013, 02:38:00 AM
For those interested, here's Detroit in 1950. They had 1,704 firemen on a 2-platoon system in 62 fire stations. 53 pumping engines, 9 Foamite engines, 12 service ladder trucks, 18 aerial ladder trucks, 1 water tower, 3 high-pressure trucks, 4 rescue cars and other miscellaneous equipment. Even their reserve fleet was impressive.