The Amphibious Fire Engine & the Wood House Harvest Festival!
When Author and Historian Skip Geear suggested to Ben Truwe that the SOHS show the newly renovated Amphibious Fire Engine at the October “Wood House Harvest Festival” – Ben enthusiastically said, “Yes!”
The fire engine acquired its nickname during the 1948 Ashland flood. When crossing the bridge at the entrance to Lithia Park “to pump out the basement of Weitzel’s department store on the Ashland Plaza,” the bridge collapsed, dumping the engine into the creek!
In the spring of 2017, the Amphibious Fire Engine was donated to the SOHS. As with any 70-plus year-old vehicle that’s been out of service for years, renovation was a challenge! Thanks to the efforts of dedicated SOHS volunteers, renovation is complete and the engine made its debut in the Ashland July 4 parade.
The Old Wood House too has a fascinating history, beginning in 1868 when Marvin Sylvester Wood and his brother Dennis established a homestead just north of Eagle Point. When Dennis died in 1869, Marvin managed the homestead, and in 1870 the Wood House was built. Since then the house has survived fires, storms and vandals!
In 1929 Marvin’s son, Walter Wood, inherited the house and he lived there until his death in 1974. During the ensuing years, the house “has been in jeopardy several times.” Most notably, in 1946 the house had to be relocated when Highway 62 was widened. For the “rest of the story,” see Skip Geear’s article, “The Wood House,” at https://oldwoodhouse.org/2011/the-old-wood-house-circa-1870/
October 6 & 7 you can see both, the Old Wood House and the Amphibious Fire Engine at the “Wood House Harvest Festival.” This is your opportunity to learn more about the Amphibious Fire Engine - AND. . .you’re invited to climb on the fire engine, honk the horn, ring the bell, operate the siren or try on a real fireman's helmet!
Wood House Harvest Festival * 12988 OR 62 * Eagle Point
Saturday, October 6, 9am-5pm * Sunday, October 7, 9am-4pm
$2/Adults * $1/Seniors & Children (7-12 years) * Free/Children 6 and younger
Wood House tours are given by appointment; if you’d like to arrange a tour, call 541-826-2177, or visit https://oldwoodhouse.org/contact/
and complete the contact form
Image to right is the Amphibious Fire Truck at the Ashland 4th of July Parade.
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