Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Greenberg Horse Hitch Fire hydrant

The design of this Greenberg fire hydrant on our street corner dates back to the 1880's. It's the same as the famous golden fire hydrant at 20th and Church in Noe Valley that saved the Mission District in the 1906 earthquake and fire.

The ball on top of the hydrant was made to give firemen a place to tie up their horses. The pump would be connected to the hydrant, and then the driver would take the horses to a safe location down the street and tie them to another hydrant.

Categories:San Francisco

Update 6/22/08:
Anonymous said "Hi, It'd be nice to know where "on our corner" actually is????"

Our corner is 9th Avenue and Kirkham Street, in the Inner Sunset of San Francisco.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

M. Greenberg's Sons foundry produced this model for the SFFD, practically unchanged over the years, up until 1947. Thousands were produced, and many of them are still in service.