Friday, December 5, 2008

Deadwood's Volunteer Firefighters

Pictured above on the Fourth of July, 1888, are the twelve members of the Chinese Hose Team of America, in Deadwood, the Dakota Territories. Not just any hose team, these twelve men, posing in their uniforms, had just won the great Hub-to-Hub race in Deadwood, which pitted volunteer fire crews against one another to see who had the quickest response time and most agility. The victors posed proudly for photographer John H.C. Grabill.

Had there been a first prize for best dressed, they would surely have won that, as well.

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