|Yountville’s First Fire House|
Inscription. On this site in April, 1929, the County of Napa built Yountville’s first fire house, with Homer Douglas serving as volunteer fire chief and Silvio Tonascia as assistant fire chief. The county provided a 1929 Fageol fire truck to be used by the Yountville volunteer firemen. It replaced a trailer with a tank on it, which replaced a “push cart” that the volunteer firemen purchased when they were formally organized in 1917. The tank was filled at a local well, as the only other source of water was an undependable water line from an earthen dam in Hopper Canyon. During World War II the County and the Veterans Home established a mutual aid agreement for support to the community.
In 1946, the then fire chief died and for a time his widow served as fire chief. During this time the County put some three inch hyrdants on the Veterans Home water main and the firemen had a source of water to fill their truck.
In 1948 the County took over the operation of the Yountville Fire Station and Henry Hill was sent to be the County Fire Chief with volunteers as his crew. In 1960 the County selected ten men to serve as volunteer firemen under the Chief. In 1963 these men were released from duty. This ended over 100 years of volunteer fire service to the Town of Yountville by many courageous men and women of the area. This site is dedicated
to them with our grateful thanks.
The Town of Yountville by
Native Sons of the Golden West
Geo. C. Yount Parlor No. 322
Erected 2004 by Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor No. 319 and Native Daughters of the Golden West Parlor No. 322.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 38° 24.225′ N, 122° 21.838′ W. Marker is in Yountville, California, in Napa County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street and Webber Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Washington Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yountville CA 94599, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. Yountville Community Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Pioneer Christian Church Bell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Grave of George C. Yount (approx. 0.4 miles away); Good Indian Go Big Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Veterans Home of California (approx. 0.5 miles away); Site of Yount’s Blockhouse (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lisbon Winery 1882 (approx. 8 miles away); Pfeiffer Building (approx. 8.2 miles away).Click for a list of all markers in Yountville.
The above is from HMdb.org, THE HISTORICAL MARKER DATABASE
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