Moore & Scott Iron Works - San Francisco, CA
Moore & Scott Iron Works was founded in 1905, when Robert S. Moore and John T. Scott purchased the National Iron Works of San Francisco. Both men had a background in the foundry business, Mr. Moore had been vice president of the Risdon Iron Works, and Mr. Scott was a superintendent at the Union Iron Works. There business included marine castings and logging machinery. Amongst their logging products were donkey engines - small, steam powered engines that burned wood for fuel, which were a valuable innovation in early logging. The original name is the "Dolbeer Logging Engine", named after inventor John Dolbeer in 1881. The donkey engine was used for dragging logs through the forest, or lifting and carrying them on an aerial cable tramway.

In 1906, the Moore & Scott foundry burned to the ground in the great San Francisco earthquake and fire. However, by May of 1906, they had resumed business, the first foundry to recover from the tragedy. The company continued to build their marine business, and purchased the Boole Shipyard of Oakland in 1909. In 1917 the Moore family bought out all of the Scott family interests, and changed the name to Moore Shipbuilding Co, and then Moore Dry-Dock Co in 1922.

Thanks to John Taubeneck for the information above.

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Classic Greenberg "Horse Ball" style hydrant. Ball on top was for tying the horses of horse drawn apparatus.
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Nozzles: 2x 2.5"

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