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Midway sells historic fire truck
Volunteers stand around a fire truck that was donated to Ways Station (now Richmond Hill) by industrialist Henry Ford in 1937. - photo by Photo provided.

The rusty red truck that used to sit under a carport between the Midway Fire and Police departments has a new home, the Richmond Hill History Museum.

It is believed to be the first fire truck of Ways Station, as Richmond Hill was known in its early days.

The 1937 vehicle was manufactured by Ford Motor Co. — naturally — and donated by Henry Ford.

“We did some research and discovered the truck was sitting in a shed in Midway,” said Christy Sherman, president of the Richmond Hill Historical Society. “Apparently Richmond Hill sold it to the city of Midway at one point.”

Midway recently sold the truck for $1 to the historical society — legalities prevented the city from giving it away — and now the society is in the midst of raising $50,000 to refurbish it.

“The location where Ameris Bank is was the original fire station (bottom left photo), so we want to build a structure to house the truck that will be a replica of it,” Sherman said.

The society will take donations and have the fire truck on display at Cars and Coffee, its monthly gathering the first Saturday of each month from 9-11 a.m.

To make a donation, call the historical society at 912-756-3697 or visit

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