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An 1858 Steam Pumper Fire Engine Enclosed In Glass

Displayed in a handsome glass case on the front lawn of the headquarters of Michigan Millers Insurance Company in Lansing is an 1858 horse-drawn steam pumper fire engine. The ornate, Victorian-era fire engine is named “The Queen City” and was purchased by the Traverse City Fire Department in 1895.

The pumper fire engine was used on approximately 4,000 runs during its 22 years of public service. Its name, “Queen City,” is derived from Traverse City’s then-nickname of “The Queen City of the North.”

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