07/17/11 355 W - + 4 - 3 York, PA / Reading, PA - Historic/Former Firehouses?


Posted a question to the firehouse.com forums last week, asking for information on former and historic firehouses in York and Reading, PA. Both cities get a visit this week as Mr. Blogger takes a circular route to the Baltimore Fire Expo. On Wednesday, a double-bill of Rob Zombie and Slayer opens at the Sovereign Center in Reading.

For pre-show activities, an exploration of old engine houses is certainly in order. Looks York might be the smaller and more self-contained project. Plus, I happen to have a York FD yearbook, bought on eBay a couple years ago, and published a couple decades ago.

Below is a list of engine houses still standing in York, at last as has been found so far. Have already shot some of them, when passing through the city some years ago. It'll be a fun excursion, and I will work to resist the temptation to research and write a full history of the city's engine houses. Stay focused, Mike:

Station 1 - Rex/Laurel
49 South Duke Street
1878

Station 2 - Vigilant
273 West Market Street
1974
Not historic, but included to be complete

Station 5 - Goodwill
833 East Market Street
1903

Station 9 - Lincoln
800 Roosevelt Avenue
1946

Old Station 6 - Royal - Museum
757 West Market St.
1903

Old Station 7 - Eagle
Jackson and Jessop
1912

Old Station 4 - Rescue
S. George near W. Church
1874 - Closed 1970

And this list has been provded to me of Reading fire stations, but it might be incomplete:

Organized

Company

Units

Location

03/17/1773

Rainbow

E1 E1A

8th & Court Sts

 

Junior

E2 E2A

Vine & Walnut Sts

04/14/1829

Neversink

E3 E3A

3rd & Court Sts

 

Friendship

E4 E4A R1

Franklin & Peach Sts

 

Liberty

E5 E5A

 

07/04/1819

Reading Hose

E6 E6A S1

Plum & Franklin Sts

 

Washington

E7 L2

 
 

Keystone

E8 L1

2nd & Penn Sts

 

Hampden

E9 E9A

 
 

Marion

E10 L3

9th & Marion Sts

 

Riverside

E11

 
 

Schuykill

E12 E12AL4

Schuykill Av & Green Street

 

Union

E13 Brush1

15th & Muhlenberg Sts

 

Oakbrook

E14

 





I have some photos of the Rex Laurel, Vigilant and Goodwill companies in York, PA from my visit there back in 2009. Take a look here: https://picasaweb.google.com/tangerine.james/YorkPAFirehouses

I definitely recommend a trip to York. I haven’t been to Reading yet … it’s on my list. I’d love to see some new photos of their current and historic stations – I believe they just dedicated a new fire station last year (?).

-Trevor
Trevor James (Email) (Web Site) - 07/18/11 - 11:21



  
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