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 Tucson's Pride

Tucson, Arizona —

Captain Mike Rhyner of the Tucson Fire Department
with the magnificently restored "Steamer," a 1910 Nott Steam Fire Engine

This firetruck was purchased for the Tucson Fire Department in 1910 for $2,500. It weighs 3.5 tons, and was rated to pump 600 gallons of water a minute through its two 2.5-inch hoses. After seven years of service, the Nott "Steamer" was retired from front line service.

In 1983, restoration began on the historic vehicle. It took $20,000, 5,000 man-hours, and 4-and-a-half years to bring the Steamer to its current pristine state. Most of the work was done by volunteers, and most of the volunteers were members of the Tucson Fire Department. On February 24, 1988, the Nott Steamer was dedicated to the citizens of Tucson. Since then, it has appeared at many events, often drawn by a team of three horses. Here it's on display at the 18th Annual Casa Car Show in Reid Park, Tucson, Arizona, on October 25, 1997.

October 25, 1997