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Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by Ryan, Jun 17, 2019.
Ross County OH '40 ~
'mountaineer's children', AR '35 ~
This has to be an old, unused, fire station, probably from the horse drawn fire engine days. What used to be the big door in the center has been closed up...
Probably a good guess. The window in front says what looks to be veteran firemen association
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Correct; it was a fire station. They saved the round window on the 2nd floor (building was torn down). I have no dates for any of this- building pic was taken sometime between '33 & '68.
Time to give thanks, again, to all the contributors who keep this thread humming. (And a special
thanks to WQ59B for also including the date and location of photos.)
Roll your windows down so you don't look like a dork
On my trip in the Hudson in 2018 we stayed in Shamrock(my second time there) and got a couple of shots. Can't find the night ones!!
see U in Yamba
That's the building with original opening, shown in the medallion?
Was Elvis still sitting in the corner booth? When were there we drove " downtown" to a little diner. Amazing food and very friendly service.
I have always been fascinated by old fire stations. There are still some in Los Angeles that are no longer in use as fire stations, but have not been torn down...
Some old fire stations in and around Los Angeles. Tall and narrow and usually deep enough to house two pieces of apparatus in a single bay. And the faithful dog resting near the pumper.
This old station is still standing, although it's been abandoned. Most of the old stations built with bricks were torn down because they could not be redone to meet seismic standards now in effect for fire stations.
As more equipment was added, many of these fire stations became obsolete. In this case, the city owned the land next to the fire station and built a later addition to old fire station #14.
The city also owned land parcels in areas that were not zoned for commercial property, in the middle of a housing neighborhood. Those stations were built to blend in to a neighborhood full of single family dwellings.
This is fire station 41, just a few blocks from where I lived as a kid. When the bay doors were closed, people would drive by not even realizing it was a fire station.
Fire station 41 in the 1960's. This station is about a half a block south of Sunset Blvd, in the heart of Hollywood. Station 41 is "first in" on fires in the Hollywood Hills and the Laurel Canyon area. It's actually a two-piece station, right behind the pumper is a water tender. The problem with all of these old stations is that the engine bays were just too small for the newer fire apparatus, which are taller and wider than the old apparatus. And also much heavier. In some stations, the engine bay floors were collapsing under the weight. In the 1970's, I wrote a book about the history of fire apparatus in the LAFD, which was published. I used to spend a lot of time hanging out at Station 41, and the city presented me with a fire line pass and I could ride with them on a call if I wanted too. These were fun times but I knew the old station would not last, just not enough room. The engine bay was too narrow to be able to open the doors of the fire engines enough, and I knew the department wanted to expand the station.
New Station 41, after knocking down the old station. Two bays now, and an added 2nd engine and a rescue squad.
The city purchased the property next to the old fire station, so now it's a "real" fire station. Doesn't quite fit into the "single family dwelling" idea that the old station did, does it? Progress...
I like to drive through old towns and look for the original fire house. Most are easy to find.
Me too. There is just something about an old abandoned fire station. The old "single family dwelling" style fire stations in the middle of a bunch of homes (there were dozens of them, none of which exist anymore) originally caused a problem in the neighborhoods, zoned for single family dwellings. The fire stations worked with their neighbors, and never cranked up the sirens when they came blazing out of the fire stations on a call. There never was much traffic on these streets anyway, why wake up people at night or wake the baby during nap time. They waited until they reached the bigger streets with commercial properties before turning them on...
Thanks WQ59B. Not knowing would have nagged at me.
1 more car I promise, Rex Winter
Dry n windy Lubbock TX
George, maybe I should have just said I like to drive through old towns. When on vacation I like to drive through a strange town and look for the diner or restaurant with the most local pickup trucks. If the locals eat there you know the food is good. I don't eat at chain restaurants.
Unless the dealer had kept those tires hidden from everyone since 1941, no whitewalls were available until early 1948 …..
Karl Malden in a dress
Holyoke Fire Dept. 1921
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