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Columbia/Adair Co. flies huge new 15x25 ft. flag

New special occasions United States flag will fly 90 feet in the air from Ladder One.

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By David Taylor
News from the Columbia/Adair County Fire Department

The Columbia/Adair County Fire Department recently purchased a new flag to fly from the bucket of Ladder 1. Given such a pretty day, Friday, February 17, 2012, we decided to do a test run with it.

The exercise also gave the mastermind of the project, Terry Moore, an opportunity to make some final adjustments to the design and installation of the frame which holds the huge 15x25 ft flag. The accompanying pictures are of of the flag, truck and a few shots from about 90 ft up in the bucket of Columbia landscape. -David Taylor

This story was posted on 2012-02-18 05:21:28
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Ladder One flies huge new American Flag

2012-02-18 - Merchant Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by David Taylor.
A huge special occasions United States Flag was displayed in exercises on Merchant Street on Friday, February 17, 2012. The 15x25 ft. flag was the brainchild of Adair County Fireman Terry Moore. Above, it hangs some 90 feet over Merchant Street.

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Lindsey Wilson from 90 feet above Merchant Street

2012-02-18 - Merchant Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by David Taylor.
Resident Student Safety at Lindsey Wilson College's High Rise Residence Halls, was a primary reason for the purchase of the Columbia/Adair County Fire Department's Ladder One, when then Mayor Patrick R. Bell and the Columbia City Council accepted the bid of Sutphen Corporation for the area's first aerial ladder truck at a Special Called City Council Meeting, which began at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 23, 2004, in City Hall (Story: 'A Great Day for Columbia,' Mayor Bell says as aerial ladder truck ok'ed). Use of the truck at Lindsey Wilson, top of photo, has never been necessary, so far, but if it ever were, and it saved just one life, the $747,605 cost would be more than worth it, untold multiple times over. The photo shows another structure, nationally famous Begley Chapel, top left, where the truck would greatly help were a fire to occur. David Taylor took advantage of a flag flying exercise to take this aerial view of Columbia from the trucks position on Merchant Street. In the center can be seen the Columbia Christian Church and to its right, Grissom-Martin Funeral Home.Lower left is the Columbia/Adair County Fire Department headquarters; just above it, the Adair County Judicial Center.

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Downtown Columbia, KY, from 90 ft up, from Ladder 1

2012-02-18 - From 90 ft over Merchant Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by David Taylor.
While onboard during initial flag flying exercises on Ladder One, Friday, February 18, 2012, David Taylor shot this new new look at Downtown Columbia,, Jamestown and Guthrie Streets, top left of Clocktower; and Fortune Street, Guardian Street and Graded Hill, top, right of the clocktower. In the lower right corner can be seen the sunroom of or county lodgings at 201 Greensburg Street. Just above that, the large red brick building is the Adair Annex (1992), and clockwise around the Public Square, the Downey-Wilson Building and the balance of the 400 Quadrant of the Public Square. the red building with the Early American windows is the Collins Building, famed for the local legend that a stanza of "Bivouac of the Dead" was written there, then in the 300 Quadrant around to the three story gray - fronting on the Public Square, four story on Reed Street - Columbiana/Russell Building; then the 200 Quadrant, from the Jeffries Building and showing on the Burkesville Street side the Arnold or Firestone Building; in the 100 Quadrant can be seen the Bank of Columbia, then the Dan Antle/Reed Bros/Hunter Durham and James Zornes law office; and, on the corner, the Bowman/Young's Rexall/Motor & Electric/ and Photo Video building. The white gable/red brick front in the lower left is Joyce and Greg Coomer's Printing Creations building, and the large white building midway up the left of the photo is the Adair Sales Company (Morris Epperson and Louis Merkley Ford dealership) building. The black sloping roof of the top-and-one end building is the Jiffy Castle/Angels Cafe building, constructed originally by a Mr. Wooten, the brother of the late Columbia business and civic leader Ruel Wooten. -Ed Waggener

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