1890 Seattle Fire Department Bell

1890 Seattle Fire Department Bell (HMI2D)

Location: Seattle, WA 98112 King County
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Country: United States of America
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N 47° 38.733', W 122° 18.047'

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This bell is the remaining symbol of the leap made by city leaders to establish and equip a professional firefighting force after the Great Seattle Fire of June 6, 1889. On that day, the young metropolis of Seattle was devastated by flames in spite of the efforts of its heroic volunteer firefighters.

Purchased in 1890 from the Gardiner C. Campbell & Sons Centennial Bell and Iron Works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the 5,000 pound bell hung above Seattle's first professional fire station at Seventh Avenue and Columbia Street downtown. Campbell & Sons made similar bells for communities around the United States.

Electronic communications soon made the bell obsolete, and it was taken down in 1919. The fire station lasted until the early 1960s when it was demolished to make way for Interstate 5. The bell came to MOHAI in time for the museum's grand opening in 1952, and was rededicated June 6, 2002.
HM NumberHMI2D
Marker Number1919.551.1
Year Placed2002
Placed BySeattle Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 4:27am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 552514 N 5277142
Decimal Degrees47.64555000, -122.30078333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 38.733', W 122° 18.047'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 38' 43.98" N, 122° 18' 2.82" W
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Area Code(s)206, 425
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2700 24th Ave E, Seattle WA 98112, US
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