Looking back in time, it was on this date in 1979 that Knox Fire Chief Pete Corey came before the Knox City Council to quote figures on a new $180,000 fire truck.
The 35 foot long, 10 foot high truck would be equipped with a telescopic unit, bucket and ladder. Corey said because of multiple story buildings being built locally the need for this type of fire protection is needed. City Attorney Henry Hart was asked to report back with a financing plan for such a truck.
It was in 1859 when George Washington Ferris was born. George Washington Ferris invented the Ferris Wheel for the World’s Columbia Exposition in Chicago in 1893. It turned out to be the most popular attraction at the fair.