From Surfside to Sheridan

Engine returns home


SHERIDAN — A 1919 American LaFrance Fire Engine returned to Sheridan Feb. 25 —  101 years, two months and two days after it first arrived Dec. 23, 1919.

But for the most part, the vehicle doesn’t show its age, according to Sheridan Fire-Rescue Chief Gary Harnish. The exterior still shines, most of the original parts remain intact and it will be just a matter of months before the vehicle can hit the road again.

The fire engine was first purchased for $11,000 in the summer of 1919 during a special session of the Sheridan City Council. The engine arrived on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad in December 1919 and served the city for many years before being replaced by newer equipment.

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