Look Back: St. Louis Fire Department
Date: 9/10/2010 Album ID: 1073618
Photos by Post-Dispatch archives
On Sept. 14, 1857, Henry Clay Sexton became St. Louis’ first fire chief (formally, "chief engineer") at a salary of $1,000. He had 30 employees and three steam fire engines. As the city grew in bounds, so did its fire department. In 1910, with the city population at 687,000, the department had 50 engines and 17 hook-and-ladder trucks.