09/07/14 185 W, 3 I - + 7 - 4 Community Features at Fire Stations

Recently visited Dubuque, IA. The trip's activities riding the historic Fourth Street Elevator, touring the transformed Port of Dubuque, and photographing five historic or former fire stations.


Three of the fire stations were active, and each had a "little free library" at the street. Notes a city press release from August 5 (PDF), they've been installed at five of six fire stations. What's a "little free library" you ask? That's a little box without a lock, and with books that free for anyone to take or exchange. They were added by the Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Pretty cool.


Next was a water station seen at Station 5 on Grandview Avenue. That's one a high hill and in a neighborhood that appears popular with runners. The water fountains--plus bowl for doggies--are labelled as "provided by the Mississippi Valley Running Association (MVRA) and the Dubuque Fire Department, 2005." Also pretty neat.


Readers, what are some "community features" seen at your stations?

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