08/12/13 136 W, 1 I - + 2 - 1 Historic and Former Firehouses of St. Paul

Twenty-three, count 'em, twenty-three historic and former firehouses in St. Paul, Minnesota. Meaning, fire department buildings (a.) still standing, (b.) active or retired, and (c.) fifty years of age or older. Earliest was built in 1872, and seven were constructed before 1900. Single, double, and triple bay facilities. Two of them expanded with two-story additions back in the day. Doubled their sizes! One of them reduced in height, now a single-story building dating to the 1880s. Beautiful, interesting, fascinating structures. Read their histories, and see the photos in this Flickr gallery. Also shot a few more historic and former Minneapolis firehouses, which are listed on this page, and shown in this Flickr gallery. Both cities were visited during last week's trip to the Twin Cities.

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