Liberty Fire House No.1 - 1851 - Galena, Illinois
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N 42° 24.966 W 090° 25.811
15T E 711440 N 4699176
Quick Description: This two-story Italianate red brick building is located at 127 S Bench Street in Galena, Illinois.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 5/18/2019 8:36:18 AM
Waymark Code: WM10JWT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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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 Philadephia, 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
127 S Bench Street Liberty Fire House No.1 C 1851 Italianate

- National Register Application

Year built or dedicated as indicated on the structure or plaque: 1851

Full Inscription (unless noted above):
(Seal of City of Galena)
Liberty Engine House #1

Erected by Liberty Bicentennial Commission, 1976

Website (if available): [Web Link]

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