Niagara County Bicentennial Antique Fire Muster
Presented by the Bicentennial Commission
In helping to celebrate Niagara County’s Bicentennial, Niagara County Volunteer Fireman’s Association and Niagara County Fire Chiefs Association in conjunction with Niagara County Central Rotary will be sponsoring an Antique Fire Muster.
This being held on the grounds of the Sanborn Fire Company; 5811 Buffalo Street; Sanborn, New York. This is located on State Route 429, one half mile south of the junction with State Route 31.
The muster will be taking place on Saturday July 12, between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. At the same time Niagara County Central Rotary will be sponsoring their Annual Olde Sanborn Days. This consists of a craft show, demonstrations of crafts and arts, food concessions, and entertainment throughout the day.
The muster will be a collection of some of the finest older fire apparatus from this area. We have equipment coming in from Niagara, Erie, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties. Invitations have been sent to Fire Companies, individuals, and groups that have antique apparatus. Contacts have been made with some of our Canadian neighbors.
One of the older pieces of equipment that is hopefully going to be on display is an 1893 American Fire Engine Steamer; this presently belongs to the Middleport Fire Company. It was originally purchased by the WJ Sterritt Engine Company of Middleport, after being shown at World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893.
Another Fire Engine that will be on display is a 1933 American Lafrance that still belongs to the Sanborn Fire Company. This truck was delivered to Sanborn by rail from Elmira, New York. Its cost at the time was $5100.
An interesting piece of equipment we hope to have is a 1964 Maxim tiller Ladder Truck. Original owner of this truck was Pittsfield, Massachusetts and it is now owned by a private party from Wilson, New York.
Other Niagara County Fire Companies that will be displaying their older pieces of apparatus are Adams Fire Company, Bergholz Fire Company (a chain driven truck), Lewiston #1 Fire Company, South Wilson Fire Company, Terry’s Corners Fire Company, Wendelville Fire Company, and Wright’s Corners Fire Company.
The picture to the right is Wendelville Fire Company’s 1936 American Lafrance, Series 400 Junior.