The Hook & Ladder Wagon is a reproduction of a style of wagon that was used by many small towns across the US. They were generically called a Village Hook & Ladder Wagon, most were locally made by the town wagon maker and blacksmith. It was used to carry the fire fighting tools of the day - Ladders, axes, water buckets, pike poles, grappling hooks, lanterns, rope, etc.
We know that Sutter Creek had a wagon of this type as it shows up on the equipment list for the fire department on the Sanborn Fire Maps. Sutter Creek would have continued to use this wagon into the early 1920s when they got their first motorized fire truck.
Our wagon was designed and build by Wayne Orvick of Wood River Carriage Works in Bellevue, Idaho. I have worked with him before on projects to restore other pieces of old fire equipment for Sutter Creek.
We are now starting to put old style equipment on the wagon. This morning we put on some ladders and lanterns. We will add more pieces over time.
The Hook & Ladder Wagon is currently being housed and displayed at the Main Sutter Creek Fire Station will we work toward restoring our first fire house on Spanish Street, where it will be displayed in the future.