Northwestern Pump Co - Three Rivers, Michigan (?), USA
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This wooden hydrant was recently found in Texas. The patent dates are from 1871 & 1872 which we believe to be at the tail end of wooden hydrant production. The mainvalve on this model was actuated by a pump handle. There is no hose nozzle, just a spout. Early hydrants often served a dual purpose: they were a public source of water for domestic usage as well as a source of water for firefighting.

  Model Unknown
Identifying marks: Northwestern Pump Co, Three Rivers, Mich[?] STOCK, Iron Lined, Patented June 21 1870, May 13 1871.

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Nozzles: single iron spout
© 2004, Kenneth Moore

Image from a catalog of fire apparatus maker
Sellers & Pennock of Philadelphia, PA.
Drawing shows a pump handled wooden hydrant in use for firefighting purposes.
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