Manistique’s rare 1914 Dodge Brother’s fire truck and the 1880s hook-and-ladder truck provide us with a present-day link to our pioneer past. The hook-and-ladder truck responded to almost all of Manistique’s historic fires, including the great fire of 1893. It was rushed to the scene of these early blazes by a team of galloping horses. Finally, in 1929, Manistique’s fire department became fully motorized when the Dodge Chemical Truck was converted to a ladder truck. Manistique city employees began the work of conversion in September of 1929 under the supervision of Manistique’s Fire Chief, Charles Underwood.