1838 - Disaster Preparation

July 1838 - Worried about the chance of fire at Charlotte's Mint, one of its officials, John Heysham Gibbon, issues a warning. He reminds Superintendent John Wheeler Hill that the city operates only one fire truck, located far from the Mint. Gibbon suggests installing buckets and tanks to collect rainwater in and around the building. Hill partly complies, but one day disaster will strike.

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