1870 Hunneman Hand Pumper - Oklahoma Firefighters Museum - Oklahoma City, OK
Posted by: hamquilter
N 35° 31.285 W 097° 27.836
14S E 639279 N 3931953
Quick Description: 140 year old hand pumped fire engine whose history has been traced down through the years.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 5/9/2011 7:20:39 PM
Waymark Code: WMBDKY
This 1870 Hunneman Hand Pumper was beautifully restored by Al Preston, a retired OKC firefighter.
In the early days of this country, fire was a major force to be reckoned with and was basically fought with the use of fire buckets filled with water and passed hand-by-hand by local citizens. It destroyed many a building, and many a town.
William C. Hunneman (1769-1856) was a blacksmith in Boston, Massachusetts who had apprenticed under Paul Revere. He began developing fire fighting equipment, and this hand pumper is one of his creations. It was originally shipped to the fire department in Richmond, Indiana on April 21, 1870. Many years later, it was on display at the New England Fire and History Museum in Brewster, MA. Then, due to the generosity of a group of Oklahoma City donors, the pumper was purchased and restored and is now on display here at the museum.
The full story of Hunneman and his fire fighting equipment can be found at this link (visit link
The museum is located at 2716 N.E. 50th Street in northeast Oklahoma City. The museum is open Mon-Sat 9am - 4:30 and on Sun 1pm - 4:30. The museum is closed on all holidays and special events. To confirm opening, call 405-424-3440 (1-800-308-5336).
Seniors 55+ $4.00
Children 6-12 $2.00
Children under 6 Free
Oklahoma Firefighters and family Free
Groups of 10 or more - Half Price