Early fall of this past year, I had the wonderful good fortune to travel to Virgina City, Nevada. This old and amazing historical town was home to the Comstock Fireman's Museum and naturally I couldn't resist checking it out.
I found this gorgeous piece of fire fighting equipment from the turn of the century. It is a Circa 1879 Clapp and Jones Steam Fire Engine made in Hudson New York. The restoration took two and half years with the guidance of steam power consultant Tom Gray. I was told by the Docent of the Museum that this sparkling and like new restored engine is slated to appear in the next Rose Bowl Parade .
I was so fascinated by how beautifully it was restored. There are a variety of other famous engines on display but this one really caught my eye. Very useful in it's time, this was indeed The Little Engine that Could and Did.