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    What are some of the oldest operating firehouses in the United States? Here in North Carolina, the town of Henderson has a town hall and fire station building that serves as their Station 2. Built 1908.

    Traveled to the Quad Cities (IA/IL) this weekend, and the Central Fire Station in Davenport, IA, opened in 1905. Construction started in 1901 or after. But that's still somewhat young.

    Engine 23 in Detroit on East Grand Boulevard and Engine 35 on Kenilworth were both built in 1899, while Engine 18 / Ladder 10 on Mt. Elliott was built in 1893.

    St. Louis has a couple stations dating to 1895. DC's Engine 22 on Georgia Avenue was built in 1897, no?

    Charleston's stations on Cannon Street and Meeting Street were both built in 1887.

    So what's older than 1887, still operating around our great country?

    See some pics of above at http://www.flickr.com/photos/legeros...7600578792028/

    mjl
    Last edited by legeros; 04-11-2011, 07:06 AM.

  • #2
    See also this thread from 2005, http://www.firehouse.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71704

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    • #3
      And up until recently, Louisville Engine 7 on South 6th Street (says Google) was said to be the winner, with their station built in 1871. The company has since been closed. Some LFD houses, http://www.legeros.com/ralwake/photo...ry.php?id=3689

      mjl

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      • #4
        Originally posted by EastKyFF
        Lexington, KY has one from around 1900--Station 4 on Jefferson Street. There are some LexFD folks on here that might stop by and give more details. Beautiful old building.
        Caught a run with E4 there in the early 80's - nice station, Seagrave 70th anniversary at the time. I've got slides somewhere...

        According to the crew, the city had sold the station at some point. I think it wasn't a fire station for a while, then the city leased it again and refurbed it.

        Station 3 in DC goes back a while, too.
        Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

        Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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        • #5
          There are several in Vicksburg, MS that still have bullet holes from the Civil War.
          Train to fight the fires you fight.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by EastKyFF
            There are places in the south where those could be new!
            Good point.
            Train to fight the fires you fight.

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            • #7
              Manistee, MI is in one built in 1888. They report it to be the oldest continually operating fire house in MI, staffed 24/7 since 1889.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tree68 View Post
                Caught a run with E4 there in the early 80's - nice station, Seagrave 70th anniversary at the time. I've got slides somewhere...

                According to the crew, the city had sold the station at some point. I think it wasn't a fire station for a while, then the city leased it again and refurbed it.

                Station 3 in DC goes back a while, too.


                DCFD Engine House No. 3 1916
                Stay Safe and Well Out There....

                Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers

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                • #9
                  wasnt there a story last year or two about them moving a Conn. firehouse brick by brick that was the oldest continually operating firehouse in the nation? Went back to like early 1800s?

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                  • #10
                    Why haven't we heard from the oldest operating firefighter yet?
                    IAFF

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by legeros View Post

                      So what's older than 1887, still operating around our great country?
                      First Hagerstown Hose Company in Hagerstown, MD

                      1881

                      http://www.engineone.org/
                      Weekly updates on the world of rope:

                      http://rescue2training.com/journal.html

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by snowball View Post
                        Why haven't we heard from the oldest operating firefighter yet?
                        Where is Harve (Hwoods) at?

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                        • #13
                          This guy has got to be close...

                          http://activerain.com/blogsview/2144...ouse-that-day-

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by rfd21c View Post
                            where is harve (hwoods) at?
                            bingo......

                            Fm1
                            I'm the one Fire and Rescue calls, when they need to be Rescued.

                            Originally posted by EastKyFF
                            "Firemens gets antsies. Theys wants to goes to fires. Sometimeses they haves to waits."

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by LaFireEducator View Post
                              There are several in Vicksburg, MS that still have bullet holes from the Civil War.

                              As always, you got this screwed up. (but, I guess it is explained by you being from up nawth)

                              There was nothing "civil' about that damned war, and the carpetbaggers it brought down upon us....

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