Pine River Horse-Drawn Fire Engine
(b) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. (i) $2,250,000 in 2010 and $4,500,000 in 2011 are appropriated for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grants process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grants mechanisms, and with assistance from the advisory committee created herein.
Conservators completed a detailed Condition Report for a 90-year-old 1919 Waterous Fire Engine owned by the Pine River Fire Department. The extent of original finish present is unusually extensive in an engine of this age and the Pine River Fire Department was advised to maintain as much of the original finish as possible. They were also advised to improve the storage/display environment as necessary to provide optimal conditions, which will benefit the long term preservation of this significant object.
The fire engine was ordered, built and acquired by Pine City in 1919 and was the sole fire engine for Pine River from 1919 until 1940. The engine was being stored in a storage shed collecting dust. It is the intention of the Pine River Fire Department to preserve this object and to display it, in an enclosed structure, near downtown Pine River along the Paul Bunyan trail for everyone to enjoy.