Monday, November 26, 2007

Keystone Hook and Ladder Gets Truck

On November 26, 1896 along with Thanksgiving Day, the borough celebrated the arrival of the Keystone Hook and Ladder Company’s truck. The truck purchased from the Pioneer H & L Co. in Hagerstown arrived in Shippensburg by rail along with about 30 members of the Pioneer Company. The C.V. Hose Company and Town Band met the delegation on Orange Street and proceeded to parade through town. Once at the Council House speeches were made and the apparatus was housed. The members of the Pioneer were treated to supper at the Sherman House before heading back to Hagerstown on the 9:00 p.m. train.
This is the only photograph I have ever found of the Keystone's ladder truck, it was taken in Hagerstown in front of the Pioneer's building. Additional information on the truck along with the short history of the company will be posted at a later date.

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