This apparatus fought the fire caused by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Restoring the gold leaf decoration
on a fire service water tower...
On this page is a water tower built by the San Francisco Fire Dept. in 1898. Water was fed through inlets on the sides of the deck from several steam fire engines or from a pressurized hydrant. Water pressure was used to raise the tower to a vertical position. Then the water could be pumped up the 65 foot tower and out onto the fire.