Photo's and information courtesy of Angelo Dugo of Escalon.
As it turned out, the old bridge was not able to withstand the forces of mother nature and collapsed and dropped into the murky waters. This shot was taken a few days after the collapse.
In late winter 1955 heavy rains caused flooding all over the state. At that time no major dams had been built on the Stanislaus River. This shot shows the flood waters surrounding the McHenry Ave bridge between Escalon and Modesto shortly before it failed.
Oops...... The driver of truck # 2 lost control and plunged into a canal near Hwy 120 and Victory Rod in the early 60's. Tthe driver and the volunteer next to him escaped from the cab without injury. A third volunteer riding on the rear of the truck jumped to safety just before the truck plunged into the canal.
A sign of the times. Searcy's New Era General Blacksmithing shop in the 30's. In it's day it was a modern shop offering wind mill repairs, plumbing and pipe fittings, implement and mower repairs.
The department's 1934 GMC fire truck built by Van Pelt in Oakdale, is driven in the 1955 Fire Prevention parade in downtown Escalon. Driver is Budd Short, passenger Art Buss.
This 1951 photo was taken in front of the station. L-R Curtis Maxfied, Constable Tony Gonzales, Volunteer Harry LaFayette and Fire Chief Merral Clark.
Constable Tony Gonzales and Merral Clark, Escalon's first fire chief. Era 1950s.