American Darling Valve /
American Valve & Hydrant - Beaumont, TX

The original patterns for hydrants bearing American Darling Valve came from Darling Valve which was located in Williamsport, PA. Darling made hydrants from 1902 until 1969 when they were bought by American Cast Iron Pipe Co (ACIPCO). At the time of the purchase, the hydrants were being manufactured in Beaumont, TX (where a foundry had been contracted to do the castings). In 1979, the new owners of the plant in Beaumont (ACIPCO) changed the name to American Valve and Hydrant. The American Darling logo (letter 'A' inside an oval) is the most obvious way to discern from the earlier Darling Valve hydrants.

The hydrants manufactured today by American Valve and Hydrant still bear the name American Darling Valve. The hydrant barrels are now cast elsewhere and shipped to Beaumont where they are machined and customized to order. There are four models that are in production to this day, the number listed in the model name reflects the year that the design was first put into service.
  B-50-B model
2151 B-50-B-24 model
Nozzles: 2x 2"
Size: ~4" V.O.
Dated: 1974
Location: from Canada
Photo: 2004, M. Vacanti
2073
Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
Size: 5" V.O.
Dated: 1971
Location: Massachusetts
Photo: 2003, J. Kaminski
2197
Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
Size: 5" V.O.
Dated: 1983
Note: traffic flange
Location: Massachusetts
Photo: 2004, J. Kaminski
0040
Nozzles: 2x 2", 2x 4"
Size: 5" V.O.
Location: Ocean City, MD
Photo: E. Kennedy
1213
Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x ~4", + monitor flange
Size: ~5" V.O.
Location: Robert F. collection
Photo: 2001 R. Frye
2297
Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4", + monitor flange
Size: 5" VO, Hi-Press.
Dated: 1997
Other views: front, side
Location: John A. collection
Photo: 2004 J. Anderson
0554
Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
Size: 5" VO,'Dry Top'
Dated: 1977
Note: traffic flange
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Photo: 2001, J. Anderson
0415
Nozzles: 3x 2" externally gated
Size: ~6" V.O.
Location: ?
Photo: E. Kennedy
0042
Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
Size: 6" V.O.
Dated: 1980
Location: Greenburgh, NY
Photo: E. Kennedy
0693
Nozzles: 1x 2", 2x 5"
Size: 6" V.O.
Location: Memphis, TN
Photo: E. Kennedy

  B-62-B model
1466
Nozzles: 2x 2"
Size: 5" V.O.
Dated: 1971
Location: Massachusetts
Photo: 2001, J. Kaminski
2290
Nozzles: 2x 2"
Size: 5" V.O.
Dated: 1981
Note: traffic flange
Location: Massachusetts
Photo: 2004, J. Kaminski
0780
Nozzles: 2x ~4"
Size: 5" V.O.
Location: Sacramento, CA
Photo: 2001, W. Lamm
0039
Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x ~4"
Size: ~5" V.O.
Location: ?
Photo: E. Kennedy
1794
Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x ~5"
Size: 5" V.O.
Dated: 1985
Note: traffic flange
Location: Bill H. collection
Photo: 2002, B. Houston
0043
Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 5"
Size: 5" V.O.
Dated: 1984
Location: Danville, IN
Photo: E. Kennedy
1467
Nozzles: 4x 2"
Size: 6" V.O. high pressure
Location: Boston, MA
Photo: 2001, J. Kaminski

  MK 73 model
0295
Nozzles: 1x 4"
Size: 4" V.O.
Location: ?
Photo: E. Kennedy
1378
Nozzles: 1x 4"
Size: 4" V.O.
Dated: 1988
Location: Jack S. collection
Photo: 2001, J. Anderson
0041
Nozzles: 2x 2"
Size: 4" V.O.
Dated: 1994
Location: New York, NY
Photo: E. Kennedy
0292
Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x ~4"
Size: ~4" V.O.
Dated: 1997
Location: Brentwood, TN
Photo: T. Ingalsbe

  B-84-B model
1291
Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
Size: 5" V.O.
Dated: 1999
Note: traffic flange
Location: Ed M. collection
Photo: 2001, E. Masminster
2400
Nozzles: 2x 2"
Size: 5" V.O.
Dated: ?
Note: traffic flange
Location: ?
Photo: J. Kaminski

Contact Information
P.O. Box 2727
Birmingham, AL 35202-2727
Phone: 205-325-7856
Fax: 800-610-3569
www.acipco.com/afc/
afcsales@acipco.com

FHO Catalog Library:
Product Information on 5 1/4 American Darling B-62-B Fire Hydrant
Product Information on 5 1/4 American Darling B-84-B Fire Hydrant
Product Information on 4 1/2 American Darling MK-73-1 Fire Hydrant
Product Information on R.D. Wood Mathews Conversion Fire Hydrant
Product Information on 6 American Darling B-84-B Fire Hydrant
Product Information on 5 1/4 American Darling B-62-B Fire Hydrant


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