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This is a photograph of the Gainesville Fire Department, pre-1900. There wasn't much to the Fire Department when this view was taken--it includes almost all there was, except for the volunteer firemen of Hose Company No. 1. Shown in this view are the mascot dog, John the Firehorse, and the chief at the time. Only a few years earlier, fire-fighting had been left to private fire companies which proved inadequate to cope with some of the great downtown fires of the 1880s. Efforts to strengthen fire-fighting capacity brought the problem to the City Council. Visible in the foreground are the tracks that ran down Main Street. This view, taken on South Main, is from Clarence O'Neill's collection.
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