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2016001m0066 | Augusta Museum of History

Big Steve

Artist/Creator

Frank Christian

Date

ca.1880

Description

Built in 1860 and located at the intersection of Eight and Greene Streets, Big Steve was the warning system that the city of Augusta depended on for fire detection. In a time when a lot of buildings were made of wood and fire fighting technology was not what it is today, a large bell in the center of the tower would ring loudly to alert the city to an inferno. High above the tree tops, a man would keep watch for any signs of smoke. Big Steve served faithfully until it was torn down in 1894.

Credit Line

Donated by Frank Christian Jr. The son and grand-nephew of the photographers of the Frank Christian Collection.

Location

Storage

Object ID

2016.001.m.0066

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