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All Steamed Up

2004 Fireman's State Muster in Rohner Park. Eureka brought EVFD Engine No. 2, this Metropolitan Extra 1st Class Steam Fire Engine and even a team of horses to pull it during the parade. This horse-drawn steam fire engine, built by American La France was delivered to Eureka in February 1905. It was considered the most modern in fire fighting equipment and was the largest engine on the Pacific coast at that time. It would pump 1,100 gallons per minute throwing four 2 1/2" streams. After motorized equipment was put in use, the steamer was kept in reserve and pulled by a truck. It was last used at the fire which destroyed the Occidental Mill (Eureka) in 1935. Its original cost was $6,375 and it weighs 6 tons.