Most everyone is familiar with the distinctive look of the typical modern ambulance, but there was a time when ambulances looked much different.
Prior to the Civil War virtually all ambulance services existed to transport wounded soldiers from the battlefield to the nearest hospital or clinic.
Their extensive use during the Civil War made folks aware of just how beneficial ambulances could be to the general public.
When the first civilian ambulance services were created, guess who it was that stepped in to create most of them?
Funeral homes! And there’s a simple reason for that…