Featured image: 1922 Dodge, 1920 White, 1925 White and 1930 Sanford fire trucks at the Ipswich Central Street fire station.
It wasn’t until 1894, after buildings on Central Street and both ends of Market Street burned to the ground, that voters at Town Meeting finally agreed to construction of a modern water system. A reservoir was dug, pipes were laid, and in less than a year, water was running through the pipes. The town was still being protected by volunteer firemen manually pulling hand pumps on wagons. A decade later voters approved construction of a modern fire station to replace a scattering of smaller buildings throughout the town. For the past 70 years, voters have rejected replacement of the Town’s outdated public safety infrastructure. Our next opportunity is at the October 16, 2021 Special Town Meeting and the Special Town Election on Tuesday, October 26, 2021.