New Fire Truck In Duluth, Circa Mid-1960s

This undated photo appears to show a new fire truck on display at the old No. 8 fire station on Central Avenue in West Duluth:

A fire truck is displayed outside the West Duluth fire hall; no date listed. (News Tribune file photo)

Up on the ladder is Ed Sodergren, with firefighters Henry Berger (left) and Capt. Ingvald Wicklund at the controls.

Standing next to the truck, from left, are: Duluth Fire Chief Del Leonard, city councilors Alfred Persch and Clifford Johnson, Mayor George D. Johnson, Councilor Duane Rappana and mayor’s assistant Clarence Maddy.

George D. Johnson served as Duluth mayor from 1953-56 and again from 1963-67. I’m guessing this Ford ladder truck dates to his second term – but I’ll let any of you out there who know more about trucks correct me if that’s wrong.

The old fire hall is no longer in use as a fire station, but it still stands at the corner of Central and Cody, as does the building next door:

Old West Duluth fire station, January 2018

The “Engine House No. 8” sign on the facade has been covered up, but other parts of the building are recognizable.

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  1. Jim

    According to the DFD History Book…”FIRE AND ICE” this truck is a1963 65′ ladder truck built by American LaFrance mounted on a Ford chassis. (Page 106)

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