This water tower was built by the San Francisco Corporation Yard in 1898. The newly built Eiffel Tower was in the news at that time. Henry H. Gorter designed this unique water tower with curved braces to resemble the Paris tower. It fought the 1906 San Francisco earthquake fire, and was restored for the 100th anniversary of that historic event.
A two wheeled hose vehicle is a cart, and a four wheeled one is a hose carriage. This hose carriage has a blue spool and vermilion running gear. It is a delicate looking vehicle, yet strong enough to carry heavy wet hose. The carriage was hand pulled by the firemen with rope from two small spools below the front axle.