Bringing the Engine out of the Station - c. 1918


Bringing the Engine out of the Station

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This great early action photo shows driver George Welch bringing Engine No. 2 out of the station in Portland. By 1918, some engines were gas-powered, but many were still drawn by horses. The pumping mechanism itself was powered by a steam engine, its polished brass glistening in the daylight. I especially like the unmatched three-horse team, with the two white steeds flanking the darker horse in the center. All look to be in great shape, and ready to run. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon. Original courtesy of City of Portland Archives.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0638
Photographer Unknown
Location Portland, Multnomah County
Subject Fire Fighting
Decade 1910s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Larger Print
Size of Original 7.0 x 9.4 inches
Photographer's Number No