Nostalgia—and National Champs

Issue 8 and Volume 101.

Nostalgia—and National Champs March 21, 1887, made history in Dodge City (Kans.). On that day the Dodge City Hose Team made the record-breaking run in the national competition at the annual Firemen’s Tournament at Denver, Colo. A wire to the home folks, from C. M. (Chalk) Beeson, then fire chief, confirmed the good news and touched off a celebration that also made history. The Dodge City hose team not only won the championship, but set a record that, it is claimed, has never been equalled. The winning team was selected from three teams organized in Dodge City in the early 80’s, each composed of fifteen men, eleven of whom hooked onto the drag ropes by breast straps, pulling big two-wheeled carts. Four men ran behind the rig, two to unreel the hose and attach the nozzle, and two to hook up to the hydrant and turn on the water. The…

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