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Fire cart gets a new start after decades of restoration

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 29th, 2013

Pictured, Paso Robles resident and retired firefighter Terry Minshull stands next to his 1885 hand-drawn hose cart. The relic is now on display at the Paso Robles Pioneer Museum. Photo by Hayley Thomas.

PASO ROBLES — Terry Minshull owns a true piece of firefighting history. His hand-drawn hose cart, circa 1885, is now on display at the Paso Robles Pioneer

Museum. Although it is unknown where the cart originated from, Minshull said it was probably used in a small town in California not unlike Paso Robles.

“When there was a fire, they’d ring a bell and the guys would all run to a shed and grab a hose cart and pull it to wherever the fire was,” Minshull said. “Then, they’d hook the hose up to a water supply and get to working on putting the fire out.”

The cart, constructed by Wirt and Knox Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was given to Minshull as a Christmas gift from his wife, Sue. The longtime Paso Robles resident started restoration shortly after that fateful Christmas morning in 1999.

For the complete article see the 01-29-2013 issue.

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