06/09/09 203 W, 2 I - + 9 - 8 See You in St. Louis

'Tis an upcoming trip with the wife's family. Four days in the Gateway City. Sightseeing. Dining. Gambling. Plus, of course, finding historic fire stations. With a bit research, we've found the addresses and Google street or satellite photos of 35 current or former engine houses older than 50 years of age. Thanks to the St. Louis Fire Department for their help.

Several houses are pre-1900s: Old 1 (1872), Old 26 (1887), Old 29 (1888), Old 32 (1892), Station 35 (1895), Station 34 (1895), Old 7 (1897), and Station 32 (1899). Another dozen date between 1900 and 1920. In fact, most of the city's active fire stations are historic structures. Only five are "young" buildings, built in the 1960s or 1970s. Read about their stations.

What do they look like? See the below montage, most with street-level spy photos. Next step, mapping. Paste the addresses into Excel, and import into Streets & Trips. Viola, instant fire station map. FireNews Editor Jeff Harkey taught me that tip. Between the map and our GPS navigator, we'll be good to go. Basically, exploring the entire city while photographing historic fire stations. And the perfect excuse for alone time, when taking a break from the family. Click to enlarge:

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