09/13/11 132 W, 1 I - + 6 - 5 Chicago Firehouses of the 19th Century

More historic and former firehouses, this time from Chicago and all built before 1900. Why the restriction? This was a last-minute project, designed to fill a day's roaming or less. The structures were identified using the book History of Chicago Fire Houses of the 19th Century by Ken Little and John McNalis. Published in 1996, it's the first of four (!) incredible guides to Chicago fire stations. Dozens of engine houses served the city before 1900. But a handful have survived, or at least as could be found between the book and Google Maps. Can't wait for my next visit, and photo explorations. View the photos. And don't miss my Milwaukee explorations also from last week, with triple the number of firehouses found.

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