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1917 Nash Fire Truck


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1917 Nash Fire Truck, Model 3017 2-Ton Chemical Fire Engine

The City of Glendale, Arizona recently allowed us to view and photograph their fire department's first piece of motorized fire equipment, Engine No. 1...


Photo by Route 66 Rambler

Glendale, Arizona, pleasantly situated near the western mountains of Arizona's Salt River Basin, is its state's fourth largest city. The population shown in the 2005 census is just shy of 250,000. The city is host to the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes, the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, and several spring training teams.

University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona

In January of 2008, Glendale proudly hosted the Super Bowl championship game of the National Football League, in the league's most modern, luxurious, and technically advanced stadium. In 2009, the Arizona Cardinals played in the Super Bowl as the National Conference Champions.

Close by is Luke Air Force Base (external link) (cache), named for Frank Luke, a daring fighter pilot who died in the WWI war effort, with the highest record in the war for balloon aces, and the first aviator to recieve the medal of honor.


United States Air Force

The City of Glendale is also proud to play host to another national treasure, an amazingly durable and colorful symbol from the early years of modern industrial America...


photo by Route 66 Rambler

This is a 1917 Nash Model 3017 2-Ton Chemical Truck, bought new by the City of Glendale in 1917.  This was a time when the biggest cities in the Midwest became the important centers of their regions which we know today, but where much of the West was still rugged, dangerous, and poorly supplied. While the road system had expanded drastically in the previous ten years, travel by auto was still dangerous and difficult in the west...

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