Ypsilanti in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Facing the Fire
at the Michigan Firehouse Museum
Something had to be done.
Constructed in 1898 and in service for over 75 years, this firehouse combined two separate volunteer fire companies into one centalized fire station. A paid department and a dedicated building represented a major commitment by the city to protect its citizens from the ravages of fire. From its doors, brave firefighters - first on horse drawn fire rigs and then motorized vehicles - would dash to the fire in an effort to save lives and property.
Today, this towering landmark welcomes you
to the Michigan Firehouse Museum. Nearly 30,000 square feet of display area is devoted to the preservation of fire-fighting history and to the promotion of fire safety.
You Auto Know
From the firehouse tower, firemen could watch out for fires across the town. Also, in the tower, wet firehoses could be hung to dry.
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Charity & Public Work. MotorCities National Heritage Area series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1898.
Location. 42° 14.754′ N, 83° 36.849′ W. Marker is in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is at the intersection of West Cross Street (State Highway 17) and North Huron Street on West Cross Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 West Cross Street, Ypsilanti MI 48197, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ypsilanti High School World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); First Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Loving Memory of Carpenters Post No. 180 (about 400 feet away); First City Hall (about 400 feet away); 100 Years of Free Public Education (about 500 feet away); Ladies' Literary Club House (about 500 feet away); 107th Field Signal Battalion U.S.A. / World War Memorial (about 500 feet away); Ypsilanti (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ypsilanti.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 7, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. 7. submitted on October 13, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.