The engraved name is “Engine Co. No. 5” in this early 20th century photo of the firehouse at 832 East Avenue in Erie, PA. It has since been reassigned as Engine Company No. 8.
The good news is it’s still open and protecting Erie citizens, and this historic hook & ladder company is still housed in its original building
The older photo reminds us that early firefighters utilized horses to transport equipment, which also means that they needed stables to keep the animals healthy so they could effectively do their jobs.
Photo courtesy the Colony Pub and Grille ~ image capture Sept. 3, 2022