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Who invented the fire hydrant?

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While it is believed that Frederick Graff invented the pillar-type cast iron fire hydrant in 1801, there is no extant evidence to confirm this. The U.S. Patent Office and its contents were destroyed by fire in 1836.

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Prior to the invention of the hydrant, municipal fire readiness involved underground water cisterns and bucket brigades. Early pressurized citywide water systems comprised underground pipes made of wood. When a blaze broke out, fire department personnel dug down to break through the wooden water main. Once the fire was quenched, the hole in the water main was then filled with a “fire plug.”

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