Fairbanks Morse & Company - Chicago, IL


Fairbanks-Morse was founded by Thaddeus Fairbanks, in the state of Vermont, as a maker of cast iron plows and iron stoves. Incorporated as the E & T Fairbanks & Company, the company had great success as a maker of platform scales. Charles Hosmer Morse opened a branch office in Chicago, Illinois, purchased a windmill company by the name of Wheeler, and by the late 1800s the company had been renamed Fairbanks-Morse. The company further expanded their range into gasoline and diesel engines, and also became an industrial supplier, with a huge catalog of diverse items, including plumbing supplies, and the fire hydrant shown here; Fairbanks-Morse would go on to achieve great fame as the makers of opposed cylinder diesel locomotive and marine engines. The company exists today as a maker of marine and stationary engines.

Source: Wikipedia

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Larry Meyer, Fire Chief
Stickney Fire Department
Stickney Illinois.


  National Model
This hydrant was produced by American Foundry and Mfg. Co - St. Louis, MO.
  • Brass nameplate embossed "National"
  • 2510
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Bonnet view
    Location: Private collection

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