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Liberty Fire House No.1 Bell Tower - Galena, Illinois
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
N 42° 24.966 W 090° 25.811
15T E 711440 N 4699176
Quick Description: This one-story Italianate red brick building is located at 127 S Bench Street in Galena, Illinois.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 5/18/2019 8:11:15 AM
Waymark Code: WM10JWM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
Views: 1

Long Description:
Old Fire House No. 1
Bench St.
Galena, Illinois

The Galena Foundation partnered with the Galena Fire Department and the City of Galena to restore the Old Fire House No. 1 on Bench Street next to the Washington Street Steps.

Constructed in 1851, Old Fire House No. 1 was built to serve the Liberty Engine Company No. 1. Built in the Italianate style, the structure is believed to be the oldest fire station in the state. Both the tower and the bell are original to the structure.

An additional collaboration restored Liberty, an original 1854 hand pumper, which arrived in Galena in early January 1855. Built by the Agnew Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, just 500 of these engines were built. It is reported that Liberty was kept in use for nearly 50 years. Liberty can be seen through the double glass doors on the front of the fire station.

- Galena Foundation Website



National Register Building Details
 
ADDRESS HIST. PROPERTY NAME C or N/C DATE STYLE, FORM, TYPE
127 S Bench Street Liberty Fire House No.1 C 1851 Italianate

- National Register Application

Address of Tower:
127 S Bench Street
Galena, IL USA
61036


Number of bells in tower?: 1

Relevant website?: [Web Link]

Rate tower:

Tours or visits allowed in tower?: No

Still Operational: Not Listed

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