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INVENTORY FORM CONTINUATION SHEET Town Property Address <br /> Lexington 6 Fletcher Ave. <br /> MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL COMMISSION Area(s) Form No. <br /> MASSACHUSETTS ARCHIVES BUILDING <br /> 220 MORRISSEY BOULEVARD 669 <br /> BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 02125 <br /> HISTORICAL NARRATIVE (continued) <br /> years. In 1874, however, the town purchased a"Babcock Fire Extinguisher,"a hand-drawn chemical engine in which soda <br /> and acid were mixed to form a fire retardant, and in 1875 the town's first hook and ladder wagon. To house the new <br /> equipment, the town built a new center engine house on Meriam Street. The land was purchased in 1875 and the Hancock <br /> and Wentworth companies (the latter operated the chemical engine)moved into the new fire house in the spring of 1876. <br /> (The Meriam Street engine house served as the Central Fire Station until 1947. The second story was then moved to 2 <br /> Hayes Lane [MHC#6671 where it is now the V.F.W. Hall). <br /> After the engine house on Waltham Street was vacated in 1876 it was moved to its present location on Fletcher Avenue. <br /> The Town Reports for 1877 record that the"Old Engine House"was sold that year for $90.00 and it was probably moved <br /> soon afterward, for the 1889 map of Lexington Center shows a building in this location on Fletcher Avenue. After the move <br /> to Fletcher Avenue, the house apparently became a residence. <br /> BIBLIOGRAPHY and/or REFERENCES (continued) <br /> Sasher, F. Leonard. A History of the Lexington Massachusetts Fire Department. Lexington, Mass.: Lexington <br /> Firefighters Union, 1977. 1, 3. <br /> Walker, George H. & Co. Atlas of Middlesex County. Boston: George H. Walker&Co., 1889. Lexington Center plate. <br /> Worthen, Edwin B. Notes on buildings burned,torn down, and moved. "Houses"file,Worthen Collection. Cary Library, <br /> Lexington, Mass. <br /> . A Calendar History of Lexington, Massachusetts, 1620-1946. Lexington, Mass.: Lexington Savings Bank, <br /> 1946. 56, 66, 67, 77, 78, 79. <br /> Tracing the Past in Lexington, Massachusetts. New York: Vantage Press, 1998. 16. <br />