Local Histories- Junction City Fire

It takes a special kind of place to resist the urge towards self-preservation.
In 1877, the newly-established town of Junction City, Oregon voted down a proposed tax to pay for the establishment of a local fire brigade and the purchase of a fire engine. Just months later, a fire started in the local general store and spread down the main street engulfing several residences, warehouses and the opera house and hotel. Three additional fires in the following year did nothing to sway the residents, who protested so strongly a city council proposition for a fire department was rescinded before a vote. The next year, the issue was returned to the local ballot and rejected, then another warehouse burned. By 1882, fire had wiped out so much of the town that insurance companies would no longer extend the residents insurance.
It wasn’t until 1897 that the town ponied up for a fire engine of its own- literally pulled by horses. They would keep this rig, horses and all, until 1923, when the horses were replaced with a Model-T.