"Galveston County's Fire History"
Galveston County has had it's share of fire throughout the decades, from natural disasters to catastrophic tragedies.
1908 Steam Powered Fire Truck
Thanks to diligent long-term storage and with the help of several dedicated local firemen, this American La France Fire Truck will be displayed for all to see. Steam powered the pumps that would generate enough water pressure to put out fires and save lives. This was a state of the art pumper truck in its day but still required two horses to pull it and an enormous amount of manpower to keep the water flowing.
Fighting Fire on the Bay
Fire Boats have played an essential role in the combat against fire such as the one in the Port of Texas City. The Texas City Disaster, an industrial accident that occurred April 16, 1947, was the deadliest industrial accident in U.S. history, and one of the largest non-nuclear explosions.