Tower Bells - displayed outside..

MFD61KS

Firefighter
I believe this is the Bell that now resides outside of Fort Worth Fire House Two " Central Fire Station" next to the main man door entrance on the east side of the building.

Stay Safe,
Rick
 

MFDPhoto1

USAF-SAC/Vet.
Thanks MFD61KS, I believe you are correct. I was attempting to get a bearing from the location...in the '50's photo, but can't seem to 'get it'. I will cruse over there someday for sure for another look...although I've been to Sta. 2 many times...just never looked close at the bell...duh me huh!?
 

magicitybill

Lieutenant
That is a very large bell! A bell that size high in a masonry tower would require a LOT of mass in the structure otherwise ringing it would soon shake the tower apart. The movement and vibration would be terrific.

I'll bet ringing it now would make the man on the bench jump!
 

MFDPhoto1

USAF-SAC/Vet.
MFD61KS said:
I believe this is the Bell that now resides outside of Fort Worth Fire House Two " Central Fire Station" next to the main man door entrance on the east side of the building.

Stay Safe,
Rick
You are absolutely CORRECT. Here it is now...photo directly from the city of Ft. Worth......... ;-)
 

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doverchief2

Firefighter
Link to photo of bell displayed and related story of disastrous fire which happened in 1907 in Beaufort, SC.

http://www.beaufortcountylibrary.org/htdocs-sirsi/fireof.htm
 

wf33ret

District Chief
A little off subject, but I couldn't resist. This is one of two bells that were used at Wellsville,Ohio.
The nifty display holder was fashioned by the good folks at the Stevenson Mfg. Co here in town,
makes for a great display stand. This bell was connected to the Gamewell system and served us
for many years.


wf33ret
 

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MFDPhoto1

USAF-SAC/Vet.
Massillon, OH.

Purchased in 1878 for $200, it was located only a few feet where it is now (under the main steps of the govt. building, built in 1974), 'on the ground' as the original Steamer House did not have a tower. It was rung by 'beating on it' with a large hammer. In 1893 the new Central Station was built, then it was hung in the tower, attached to the new Gamewell system.
 

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IN PHILADELPHJIA HAD WATCH MEN IN CHURCH TOWERS WHO SENT OUT CODES AS TO DIRECTION OF FIRE
IN FIREMANS HALL WE HAVE A FELT HAT WITH THE COMPASS ON TOP PAINTED ON SO THE VOL FF'S KNEW WHICH WAY TO RUN WITH THE BUCKETS
 

fyrboy

Firefighter
In the 1910 remains of Asheville, NC’s Central Methodist Church fire, a bell was found which was cast for the fire department in 1884 by the Clinton H. Menelly Bell Co. of Troy, NY. It hung outside the court house. This bell was replaced by a larger bell cast by the McShane Foundry of Baltimore in 1889 when Gamewell installed Asheville’s alarm system. It hangs in the city hall’s tower, out of sight, but shown below. I have tried to contact McShane several times to get any historical paperwork they might have related to their bell, but have been unable to reach more than their answering machine. Does anyone know someone there whom they would contact on my behalf? Thanks very much. City Hall tower contents.jpg
 

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