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Bisbee in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Bisbee City Fire Hall

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1. Bisbee City Fire Hall Marker
Bisbee architect F. C. Hurst designed this building in 1906. Hurst had also designed the Bisbee Central School in 1905.

Designed as a combination city hall and fire station, the design was titled "City Fire Hall Building". The original ironwork above the front door displays the letters "CH” for "City Hall". The original exterior included the present bell tower, flagpole and ironwork, including the balcony, all unchanged from 1906.

The front doors were designed to accommodate horse-drawn fire engines and the first floor contained stalls for the fire horses. Vaults (walk-in safes) were placed on the northwest corners of the first and second floors, on top of each other. The concrete ceiling of the ground-floor vault is 12” thick and the walls of both vaults are 18” thick.

The second story contained a large landing for the central stairway with a skylight. A bathroom on the west wall contained a smaller skylight. The west wing contained offices for the City Attorney, Engineer, Clerk, Marshall and Street Superintendent. The Mayor`s Office was located behind the balcony, overlooking Naco Road, and contained the rope
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2. Bisbee City Fire Hall Marker
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for the bell tower. The second story east wing contained sleeping areas and closets for six firemen with a fire pole in the southeast corner. Floors were tongue and groove maple.

A second fire station, titled "No. 2", was constructed in 1914 on Tombstone Canyon. This original "City Fire Hall Building” then became "Firehouse No. 1" through 1918.

In 1919 Cochise County built a Jail Annex immediately east of this building. At that time, the City Fire Hall stopped functioning as a firehouse and continued only as a city hall. In 1972, Bisbee moved their city hall offices one building east into what had been the County Jail Annex, and the Bisbee Police moved into this City Fire Hall. The ground floor then housed the Police Chief and Assistant Chief's offices, a hearing room, darkroom and kitchen. The second floor housed magistrates' offices.

In 1991 Bisbee Police moved out of the City Fire Hall and in 1992 the City Fire Hall and the County Jail Annex were sold. In 1993 Bisbee architect Todd Bogatay replaced the second-floor skylights with cupola windows and restored the front facade stone cornices. In 2009 a second remodel restored the original maple floors, stairway landing, doorways, mayor`s office, three fireman`s closets, firepole chute and ground floor. The ground-floor walk-in safe now contains a bathroom and the second-story walk-in safe contains a walk-in
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closet. Stained glass reclaimed from other Bisbee buildings replaced the clear glass in two of the eight stairway landing windows.

From 1906 to 1991 this building served the people of Bisbee as a City Hall, Fire Station and Police Station. For tours/questions call: 480-703-7867.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCharity & Public Work. A significant historical year for this entry is 1906.
Location. 31° 26.5′ N, 109° 54.785′ W. Marker is in Bisbee, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker is on Naco Road east of Ok Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bisbee AZ 85603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brewery Gulch (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Phelps Dodge General Office Building (about 400 feet away); Copper Queen Plaza (about 400 feet away); The Importance Of Copper Mining (about 500 feet away); The Lavender Pit (approx. 0.8 miles away); City of Bisbee Warrior Memorial (approx. 1˝ miles away); Mule Pass (approx. 2.1 miles away); Walter Douglas House (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bisbee.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 18, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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