10/28/11 246 W, 4 I - + 12 - 8 Old Hot Springs Fire Station?

Here's another building that looked like it might've been a fire station.This one's right off the main drag in Hot Springs, North Carolina. That's way out in Madison County, North Carolina. Click to enlarge:

Clues were considerably more obvious regarding this one's origins: big bay door with a no parking sign on same, hydrant right in front of the building, and a North Carolina State Fireman's Association sticker on the front door.


Walking around to the rear of the structure and we found windows with bars. Looks like the building one also held a jail. Conclusion: This was once a city hall building, that held the fire station and jail and probably also the police station and mayor's office. The current fire station is a block away, and an EMS crew at that location confirmed our findings.


In fact, the building still serves the fire department. They use same as office space, and store a rescue truck there. (The other half of the building is a community center.) They also passed along the second-hand story of a jail fire at that location that killed two prisoners who set fire to their mattress(es). Happened some decades ago. Google finds no references, however. That one might require in-person digging. How old is the structure? Unknown, but the fire department dates to the 1910s. The building looks many decades old. Time to dig out tax records!

Mike, since you have touched on the subject of Hot Springs, NC..I think I can connect the Hot Springs posting to the question you asked in the 500 pound cold war era bomb comments about military facilities in NC. in the 1800’s a big 200 room hotel was built for the hoards of people who came to Hot Springs believing in the healing powers of the hot mineral water springs in the area. The Hotel was taken over and used by the Government during WW-I has a prison Camp of sorts for German Sailors captured in American waters at the beginning of the war. The hotel was destroyed by fire shortly after the war ended.
Galax,VA - 10/28/11 - 12:10

im really anxious to know more about the old jailhouse fire in hot springs, dates, cause, names, ect…....
JUDITH (Email) - 11/10/11 - 16:26

Me too, Judith. But nothing has, um, sprung up from Google searching. Maybe at a future time, we’ll learn more.
Legeros - 11/10/11 - 21:31

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