What We Saw – Fire Hydrants

As we’ve walked the streets of Portland over the past month or so I’ve noticed an interesting array of old fire hydrants. Why I noticed, I have no idea. But as I started to pick them out, I checked out the dates on them. For those who aren’t keen observers of fire hydrants, there is always a date on the front, back or side, indicating when it was installed. Well here in Portland, especially in NW, there are some really old fire hydrants. The one on our corner of NW 22nd Ave. and NW Johnson St. was placed there in 1892, a full fifteen years before our building was built. Others are dated 1895. Here is a nice selection of some of the various hydrants both in downtown Portland and here in our neighborhood:

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SW 10th Ave, but I don't remember the date.

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On NW Couch St. near Powell's Books, but again, I can't remember the date.

Our fire hydrant on the corner of NW 22nd and NW Johnson. Installed in 1892.

Our fire hydrant on the corner of NW 22nd and NW Johnson. Installed in 1892.

Hydrant on NW Glisan St. dated 1979.

Hydrant on NW Glisan St. dated 1979.

This one was on NW Lovejoy St. and is dated to 1975.

This one was on NW Lovejoy St. and is dated to 1975.

Last one, corner of NW Lovejoy St. and NW 22nd Ave, circa 1997.

Corner of NW Lovejoy St. and NW 22nd Ave, circa 1997.

Morgen trying to leap-frog a fire hydrant on NW 22nd Ave.

Morgen trying to leap-frog a fire hydrant on NW 22nd Ave.

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2 responses to “What We Saw – Fire Hydrants

  1. This could make an interesting photo collage.

  2. Pingback: What We Saw – Sidewalks « The Bridgetown Blog

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