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Firehorse Monument


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An unusual monument just inside the gates of the Purcell Hillside Cemetery commemorates the famous fire horses of Purcell, Sam and Prince, who in addition to their normal duties hauling the fire pump to local fires, helped win statewide honors and plaudits around the state for their championship team time of 7 and 2/3 minutes in "bunk-out" contests in 1913.

The contest started with the firemen in makeshift bunks on the course when the bells rang. They jerked on their overalls and boots, slid down a pole to harness Sam and Prince and then drove the 1/4 mile course. The 4 men hit the ground running, laid out 250 feet of hose and attached the nozzle to the water supply.


Address: Hillside Cemetery

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Firehorse Monument

An unusual monument just inside the gates of the Purcell Hillside Cemetery commemorates the famous fire horses of Purcell, Sa...