Spokane Fire Station No. 3: Hoses, Water, and Engines

Spokane boomed in the 1890s. Mining, timber, agriculture, and transportation fueled the growth of the city, from less than twenty thousand in 1890 to thirty-seven thousand ten years later. A growing city needed enhanced fire protection, and so Fire Station No. 3 was built in 1899.

The building was controversial. The city had just constructed an older No. 3 in 1887-a building that was razed to make way for the county courthouse. Locating the new station became a tug of war between the fire department, city commissioners, and "real estate sharks." At one point the fire commissioners remarked that the chairman of the relocation committee "is no practical firefighter" for wanting to put the station on a busy carline.

While the new station was being constructed, Chief Frank Winebrenner was not in favor of abandoning the north side altogether. "If they can't move the old building, I am in favor of building a tent for a temporary station. Anything would be better than nothing at all. The fire department lived in tents in this city once to my recollection."

The station was able to fit a hose wagon, steamer engine, and five horses with their hay and other apparatus. It was also used to build and maintain fire department equipment, along with police department, and water works equipment. Many of the firefighters designed and built the equipment from scrap and spare parts.
The firemen slept in the loft while the horses were stabled downstairs in the rear; their harnesses suspended from the ceiling ready to be dropped down on their backs and latched in mere seconds.

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Spokane Fire Station No. 3 Original

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 Original

Washington Hose Co. No. 3 on the north side of the River, courthouse block, circa 1889. Photo Courtesy of Spokane Fire Department, Spokane, WA. View File Details Page

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 2013

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 2013

Photo Courtesy of Eric Hatton, Spokane, WA. View File Details Page

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 2013

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 2013

Photo Courtesy of Eric Hatton, Spokane, WA. View File Details Page

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 Street View

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 Street View

SFD apparatus was built and fixed behind these bay doors. Photo Courtesy of Eric Hatton, Spokane, WA. View File Details Page

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 Original

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 Original

First No.3 station on Monroe and Sharp, wooden structure before it became a brick structure. Photo Courtesy of Spokane Public Library, Northwest Room, Spokane, WA. View File Details Page

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 Personnel

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 Personnel

The original wooden structure built before it was torn down and replaced by the current brick structure. Spiked shoes gave the horses added traction on ice. Steam engineer Edward Wilson, standing at center, operated the steam engine, which pumped the water, circa 1900. Photo Courtesy of Spokane Public Library, Northwest Room, Spokane, WA. View File Details Page

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 Personnel

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 Personnel

Men stationed at No. 3. Image Courtesy of Spokane Public Library, Northwest Room, Spokane, WA. View File Details Page

Spokane Fire Station No. 3, Early

Spokane Fire Station No. 3, Early

No. 3 personnel, steamer, hose cart, and horses in 1900, located at Sharp & Monroe. Photo Courtesy of Spokane Fire Department, Spokane, WA. View File Details Page

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 Personnel

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 Personnel

No 3 driver, A.L. Weeks, with Captain Roderick N. MacLean in 1913. Photo Courtesy of Spokane Fire Department, Spokane, WA. View File Details Page

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 Personnel

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 Personnel

No. 3's horse bay, circa 1900. Photo Courtesy of Spokane Fire Department, Spokane, WA. View File Details Page

Spokane Fire Station No. 3

Spokane Fire Station No. 3

No. 3 horse drawn steamer. Photo Courtesy of Spokane Fire Department, Spokane, WA. View File Details Page

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 Steamer

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 Steamer

No. 3 steamer in use. Photo Courtesy of Spokane Fire Department, Spokane, WA. View File Details Page

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 Personnel

Spokane Fire Station No. 3 Personnel

No. 3 personnel in 1930. Photo Courtesy of Spokane Fire Department, Spokane, WA. View File Details Page

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Caitlin M. Shain, “Spokane Fire Station No. 3: Hoses, Water, and Engines,” Spokane Historical, accessed April 29, 2017, http://spokanehistorical.org/items/show/258.
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