Friday, December 11, 2009

Positively 4th Street

Now –

Then –
From 4th Street, looking east, Meridian, Miss. Sysid 91500. Scanned as tiff in 2008/08/13 by MDAH. Credit: Courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Notice that monument in the middle. That's Zehler. It's a monument for a Meridian firefighter. On either side of it are lion heads that spit out water and were used for horses to drink water from. Once horse-transportation became less common, it was moved to Highland Park...

Attribution: A Meridian photographer who signs her work: jennybug 32356

1 comment:

Martha Markline Hopkins said...

Speaking of firefighting in the early days of the 20th century, Dad told me that as a child he'd hang around the fire station in Meridian just to be there when the fire bell rang. He'd hang on the fence and watch as the firemen dropped the harnesses on the big horses, and their hooves would splatter him with mud as they flew into the street, pulling the heavy, shiny fire wagon as the bell clanged. Now that would provide some excitement for a little boy!