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Campbell in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Campbell Fire Station

 
 
Campbell Fire Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
1. Campbell Fire Station Marker
A twin marker is located inside the museum, just left of the entrance doors.
Inscription. The Campbell Volunteer Fire Department officially began in 1912. Keeping track of ladders was a problem and the need for a fire station became apparent. An ad placed in the newspaper urged "all parties to leave ladders belonging to fire dept. in their places." An addendum later stated "...except in case of fire." The first Campbell volunteer fire station (as shown on the right) in 1913 was located on the east side of Campbell Ave. Equipment was kept in the front shed.

Campbell grew rapidly and the expanding fire dept. needed a larger station. In 1951, this fire station was built here at 51 N. Central Ave. This became the first building owned by the newly incorporated City of Campbell. At one time the building served as city hall and housed the fire dept., police dept., and city offices. In 1952, volunteer Chief Jack Scott was named as the City of Campbell's first fire chief.

This building was used as the main Campbell fire station for 30 years. Water hoses hung from the tower to dry after each use to prevent mildew. Today water hoses are made of nylon material that resists mildew. The fire engines were kept in the main gallery with the garage doors in the back.

When the Union Avenue fire station was built in 1982, this building was no longer needed. The building was renovated so that the firefighters'
Campbell Fire Station image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
2. Campbell Fire Station
Marker is seen at the far left of photo under the tree branches.

Laundry was done by a group of school children visiting the museum on a field trip.
living quarters were converted to offices and the garage doors were sealed, but the tower was kept as it was then. In 1983, the Campbell Historical Museum moved into the building. Now the building is designated as a local historic point of interest.
 
Erected by Campbell Historical Museum.
 
Location. 37° 17.263′ N, 121° 56.626′ W. Marker is in Campbell, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Civic Center Drive near North Central Avenue. Click for map. Marker is located at the entrance to the museum which is located at the rear of the building off of Civic Center Drive. Marker is at or near this postal address: 51 North Central Avenue, Campbell CA 95008, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fire House #1 (a few steps from this marker); Farley Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of Campbell (Farley Building) (within shouting distance of this marker); Courtyard (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of Campbell (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ainsley House (about 300 feet away); Site of J.C. Ainsley Packing Company (about 500 feet away); Country Woman's Club (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Campbell.
 
Also see . . .
Close-Up of Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Close-Up of Photo on Marker
 Campbell Historical Museum. An exhibit at the museum focuses on the Campbell Fire Department. (Submitted on November 8, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyGovernmentNotable Buildings
 
Close-Up of Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
4. Close-Up of Photo on Marker
Campbell Fire Station image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
5. Campbell Fire Station
View of the "sealed" garage doors.
Dedication Plaque – Located to the Right of the Entrance Doors image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
6. Dedication Plaque – Located to the Right of the Entrance Doors

City of Campbell
Historical Museum

Dedicated November 12, 1983
City Council
Dean R. Chamberlain – Mayor ∙ Norman Paul – Vice Mayor ∙ John J. Ashworth ∙ Ralph Doetsch ∙ William R. Podgorsek ∙ Edward G. Schilling – City Manager

Warren B. Heid, A.I.A. - Architect
Associated Builders, Inc. - General Contractor
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 964 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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