On ‘shoulders of giants,’ archivist relates Amherst fire agency’s 100-year run

  • Source: Lynchburg News & Advance
  • Published: 09/11/2017 04:22 AM

Beating down a blaze without so much as a hydrant, running water, phones or even an engine to taxi trained firefighters to the emergency site would be unheard of in most Virginia locales today. But in Amherst in the early 20th century, that’s precisely the predicament faced by the foothills hamlet, where residents drew most of their water from wells and springs, while the thought of a conflagration engulfing the town had simply not been a priority.


We welcome comments from registered users. Comments are solely the responsibility of those who post them; their viewpoints are not endorsed by the Daily Dispatch and DailyDispatch.com. (read more)
ship name
no comments have been added

Sign up to subscribe to custom state Daily Dispatch emails for free

click to subscribe