Paola City Hall Fire Bell

Paola City Hall Fire Bell

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Paola's volunteer fire company, like many others in the Midwest was formed after the Great Chicago Fire 1871. There were no telephones sirens or radios to notify the firefighters. In 1876, this 400 pound alarm bell was brought for $150 dollars. When a fire was reported, first a general arm was sounded. The bell then ran the number of times that correspond to the district where the fire was burning. Firefighters rush to that area of the fire. after many years of service fire bell was replaced first buy a siren and then buy a special telephone party line that the switchboard operator use to alert firefighters. The fire bell was restored on this site next to the Paola City Hall in 2004. #Alarm_Bell #Bell #Fire_Bell
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