60 A THUMB-NAIL HIsgrOY OF
Houston Hook and Ladder No. 1, organized
April 17, 1858.
Liberty No. 2, organized 1860.
Stonewall No. 8, organized in the late sixties.
Brooks No. 5, organized in the late sixties.
Mechanic No. 6, organized October 28, 1878.
Eagle No. 7, organized in 1875.
At that time the Department had two steamers,
one extinguisher engine, two hand wagons and one
hook and ladder company. It cost about $9,000 annually
to run the department.
The old volunteer department existed as a whole
for nineteen years, then, in 1898, it became a part
pay and a part volunteer department. That proving
unsatisfactory, the city took over the whole department
in 1895, with the result that Houston has,
today, one of the most useful and efficient Fire Departments
in the South. There are thirty pieces of
fire-fighting apparatus, of which nine are powerful
In 1875 it cost $9,000 annually to run the department;
today it costs very nearly $125,000.
For some years after Houston was founded there
was little or no neeessity for crossing to the north
side of the bayou. Very few people lived on that side
and these came and went on small foot bridges
which answered very well for the requirements of
the limited travel It is true that there was a growing
wagon trade with other parts of the State and
Houston but this was easily accommodated. All
the trade from the west and northwest ame in over
Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912. Houston, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/. Accessed August 29, 2015.