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Travel Bug Dog Tag Bangor Ladder

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Sunday, 16 April 2006
Maine, United States
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Current Goal

CHANGE IN ORIGINAL MISSION: TB's goal is to come home for a "check up." Goal: To reach the Out of the Ashes cache in Unity, Maine.

Travel to areas that have experienced "Great Fires" and "Great Disasters."

I have a tag attached to this TB listing out some of the places I hope the TB will travel to in 2006. Some of these places include Chicago (IL), Peshtigo (WI), Boston (MA), Natchez (MISS), San Francisco (CA) and several other places listed on the attached tag.

Also if someone could be so kind to take a digital photo and post it I would sincerely appreciate it . . . I didn't do so since I do not have a digital camera.

About This Item

I started the Bangor Ladder TB off in Bangor, ME where I work . . . and the site of the Great Fire on April 30, 1911 that destroyed 267 buildings (including a firehouse) and left two Brewer Firefighters dead.


The Bangor Ladder
Reprinted from information in Firemaniacs, Spring 1988

Major James M. Davis, a joiner from Bangor, Maine, is credited with designing the Bangor Ladder after he returned from the Civil War and was elected captain of the Champion Hook & Ladder Company. Davis designed the Bangor Ladder in an effort to solve the major downfall of most lengthy ladders at the time -- their tendency to fail under stress because the solid, wooden beams on early extension ladders would sag and often break at the joint of the bed and fly. Single ladders that were long enough to reach the uppermost buildings in cities were out of favor because of their great weight. Long, heavy tormentor poles (also called prongs) were used in the early days to help raise the long ladders, but these poles were often carried separately from the ladder. Davis is credited with being the first person to develop an extension ladder with permanently attached tormentor poles that would fit flush to the ladder while stored on the truck. When needed at a fire the poles would easily swing out to assist in lifting the ladder as well as stabilizing the ladder once in place.
Davis' new ladder was an immediate hit with firefighters in the Greater Bangor Area. However, it was General Joseph Smith, a Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor winner, that saw the value of Davis' ladder for a nation that was increasingly building upwards with taller and taller buildings. The General purchased Davis' interest in the ladder and set up the Bangor Extension Ladder Company.By 1890 hundreds of the Bangor Ladders were in service in most major cities. New York City purchased 200 while both Boston and Chicago had at least 50 ladders in service. Shortly after 1900 however the company went out of business after nearly 25 years of business.

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    Discovered It 08/31/2018 Cizeczech discovered it   Visit Log

    thanks for showing

    Discovered It 06/09/2015 famberkeveld discovered it   Visit Log

    Seen on a photo, thanks for sharing.

    Discovered It 03/05/2014 CHEPAMA discovered it   Visit Log

    Saw this Online

    Mark Missing 12/03/2013 L Frank marked it as missing   Visit Log

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    Discovered It 04/13/2012 Os M&M discovered it   Visit Log

    Greetings from Portugal =)

    Dropped Off 04/12/2010 moondoggie13 placed it in Monolith Missouri - 227.96 miles  Visit Log
    Write note 12/11/2009 moondoggie13 posted a note for it   Visit Log

    Just back from Las Vegas took Bangor Ladder with us. Was able to take a picture of the TB at Bally's which was the orginal MGM were the fire was, and a picture at the MGM Grand the new resort. Was not able to leave TB in Las Vegas because all the caches we did were to small. Even the ones that were regular caches, will drop in a cache around St. Louis MO.

    Grab It (Not from a Cache) 09/05/2009 moondoggie13 grabbed it   Visit Log

    Found in cache near Indiana boarder at Moonshine event over Labor Day weekend. The cache was not a very active one so I picked it up. Will try to drop off in Las Vagas in October or November.

    Dropped Off 08/08/2009 B.J.S. placed it in New York Central Illinois - 15.35 miles  Visit Log
    Retrieve It from a Cache 08/01/2009 B.J.S. retrieved it from Haunted Wabash Valley Indiana   Visit Log

    Well, it's not in the Haunted Wabash Valley cache anymore. Almost two years without moving! I will place this in another cache as soon as possible.


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