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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?

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    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

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EastKyFF View Post
    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.
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    There are several in Vicksburg, MS that still have bullet holes from the Civil War.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator View Post
    There are several in Vicksburg, MS that still have bullet holes from the Civil War.
    There are places in the south where those could be new!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EastKyFF View Post
    There are places in the south where those could be new!
    Good point.
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    Quote 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.
    I'm not sure what they are running now. When I graduated from UK in '96 they had a 90's Pierce, but the whole fleet has cycled through sense then. They are picking up E-Ones in the city and the Sutphens with oversized booster tanks for their rural crews.
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    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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    Isn't it a station in San Francisco that has (or did have) that light bulb that has been on since around 1900?
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    Quote 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.


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    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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    Why haven't we heard from the oldest operating firefighter yet?
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    Quote 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

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    Quote 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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    Quote Originally Posted by snowball View Post
    Why haven't we heard from the oldest operating firefighter yet?
    Because this type isn't large enough. Let's try this.

    Who is the oldest operating firefighter in the United States?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rfd21c View Post
    where is harve (hwoods) at?
    bingo......

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    Quote 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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    Today is the 150th anniversary of that damn war.
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    Boston FD, Engine 21, station in use since 1872.

    Correction, a new bldg was built in the 1920's

    E33/L15's house in use since 1888

    E24/L23 house in use since 1898
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    Richmond, Va still operating Engine Co. 12 built 11/16/1908 at 2223 W. Cary Street.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowball View Post
    Today is the 150th anniversary of that damn war.
    Yes sir it is. And after 34 hours of shelling, Major Anderson ran like a little girl....

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    Quote Originally Posted by LVFD301 View Post
    Yes sir it is. And after 34 hours of shelling, Major Anderson ran like a little girl....
    34 hours of being shelled would make anyone run like a little girl.



    We have a bunch of old houses still in use...the oldest may be E5 on east 14th st......then E55 on Broome St, 1898. E33/L9 is from 1899, and many other houses from the early 1900s are still in use. It's possible that there are brooklyn companies still operating out of pre-1869 houses, but many have been renovated many times over. Many of the original houses also still stand but are no longer active. The engine in my house original quarters still stands and is from around 1855 and was the vollies house first....and still looks like a firehouse today.
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