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Circa 2017
NEW FIRE STATION
SOUTH 22nd STREET

The fire station at 18th & Walnut is being replaced with this new station. It will be located on 22nd Street between Sycamore Court and Walnut Street.




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Circa 1865
WATERWITCH & BLACKSNAKE
FIRE COMPANIES

The St. Joseph Fire Department was established in 1865
The first steam powered fire pump was called the Blacksnake (photo #1)
The Blacksnake Company was staffed by former members of the Union Army
Another fire company was named the Waterwitch Company (photo #2)
The Waterwitch was pulled by crew members and was pumped by hand
The Waterwitch Company was primarily made up of German-Americans
The two companies were rivals and at times clashed violently
In 1870, the Waterwitch company was disbanded by the City Council
The City of St. Joseph established its paid fire department utilizing the Blacksnake steam pump

Photo #2 was taken in 1869 on the northwest corner of 6th & Edmond
The photo shows the St Joseph Volunteer Fire Department
The machine in the photo was known as Waterwitch Number 2
It was pulled to the fire scenes by ropes




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Circa 1871
BLUEBIRD #3 FIRE WAGON

The Bluebird Fire Wagon was introduced in 1871
The Bluebird Fire Wagon served St Joseph Fire Department until 1925




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Circa 1888
ST JOSEPH FIRE DEPARTMENT
YEARLY EXPENSES REPORT

Comparison of 12 years of expenses to operate St Joseph Fire Department




Central Fire Station1 Central Fire Station2 Central Fire Station3 Central Fire Station4 Central Fire Station5

CIRCA:1890
CENTRAL FIRE STATION
Southeast Corner of 7th & Sylvanie

This was the original Central Fire Station
It was located on the southeast corner of 7th Street and Charles
The structure no longer exists
It was located where the state unemployment office currently is located
Photo #5 - Circa 1899






Circa 1899
FIRE HALL #1
Felix Street - Between Main & 2nd Streets

Circa 1899






Circa 1899
FIRE HOUSE #2
10th & Olive Street

Circa 1899






CIRCA 1892
FIRE STATION #6
107 North 18th Street

The article states that in 1892 the house was razed and a small park was created
The small park no longer exists, a house is located at the location now
Fire Station #10 later replaced #6 just a short distance away
Photo #1 - Circa 1892
Photo #2 - Firemen at this station in later years
St Joseph News-Press photos and article






Circa 1900
ST JOSEPH FIRE WAGON & FIREMEN

St Joseph Fire Department personel on fire wagon






Circa 1900
ST JOSEPH FIREMEN

St Joseph Fire Department personel in 1900






Circa: 1989
FIRE HALL #5
9th & Doniphan Street

Evidently Fire Stations used to also be called Fire Halls






Circa 1900
FIRE HALL #7
1005 North 10th Street
(10th & Corby)

Evidently Fire Stations used to also be called Fire Halls
This is the same station as the one in the next section below
The fire station was located on the northeast corner of 10th & Corby






CIRCA:1900
FIRE STATION #10
18th & Felix

Photo was taken in the early 1900's
This station no longer exists




Fire Station #4

Circa 1899
HOSE STATION #4
3rd & Franklin





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Circa 1900
HOSE HOUSE #7
FIRE TRUCK #7
1005 North 10th Street
(10th & Corby)

Later became Hafner's Grocery
Photo #1 donated by Rodney Keyes
Photos #3-6 taken in 2013 by David Osgood






CIRCA:1900
FIRE HALL #1
On Felix, Between Main & 2nd Street

Evidently Fire Stations used to be also called Fire Halls






CIRCA:1900
FIRE STATION
King Hill Avenue

Photo was taken in the early 1900's






Circa:1900
FIRE HALL #2
10th & Olive Street

Evidently Fire Stations used to also be called Fire Halls




Fire Station

Circa 1910
HORSE DRAWN FIRE WAGON







Circa 1923
ST JOSEPH FIRE EQUIPMENT

This is an Artcrafts Engraving photograph




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Circa 1930
ST JOSEPH FIRE CHIEF CAR

Fred Watts is driving the car
Fire Chief car sitting in front of the Majestic Studio on Edmond Street




Fire Station #71 Fire Station #72 Fire Station #73 Fire Station #74 Fire Station #75

Circa 1939
STATION #7
10th & Corby Street

Located on the northwest corner of 10th & Corby Streets
In 1939, the fire company was moved across the street to a new station
This station replaced the #7 station on the east side of the
It is currently a private business
Photo donated by Rodney Keyes
Photos #2-4 taken in 2013 by David Osgood
Photo #5 - 1939 SJNP Photo & article about moving across the street
Fire Station #7 no longer exists in 2015




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Circa 1955
FIRE STATION #10 & TRAINING TOWER
18th & Felix

A new fire station #10 was constructed in 1955
The training tower is no longer in use
The old fire station #10 has been converted into a civilian's garage
Photo #1 - 1955 St Joseph Gazette newspaper article & photo
Photos #3-4 taken in 2013 by David Osgood






Circa 1958
INDUSTRIAL CITY
VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT

Photo circa 1958
This was a volunteer fire station




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ST JOSEPH FIRE MUSEUM
West side of 11th Street, between Penn & Mitchell

This was once a fire station, the city has converted it into a Fire Museum




Fire Station #5

STATION #5
4810 Frederick Avenue

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Fire Station

FIRE STATION
Southeast corner of 3rd & Dolman

Photo donated by Rodney Keyes




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CENTRAL FIRE STATION #1
7th & Charles

This modern Central Fire Station is our current Central Station
It is located on 7th Street, between Charles & Sylvanie




Fire Station #41 Fire Station #42

STATION #4
3458 Ashland Avenue





Fire Station #6

STATION #6
3505 Pear

Photo donated by Rodney Keyes




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FIRE HALL #8
FIRE TRUCK #8
27th & Penn Street

Evidently Fire Stations used to also be called Fire Halls
The station no longer exists






STATION #8
3308 Mitchell Avenue

Photo donated by Rodney Keyes




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FIRE STATION #9
22nd & Frederick Avenue

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Fire Station #10

STATION #10
101 Illinois Avenue

Photo donated by Rodney Keyes




Fire Station #111 Fire Station #112 Fire Station #113 Fire Station #114 Fire Station #115 Fire Station #116

STATION #11
2329 South 18th Street

Located on the northeast corner of 18th & Walnut
Photo #3 donated by Rodney Keyes
Photos 4-6 taken in 2013 by David Osgood




Fire Station #121 Fire Station #122 Fire Station #123

HOSE COMPANY #12
2807 St Joseph Avenue

The City did a total remodeling of #12
They also made a large extension of Fire Station #12 in order to accommodate more and larger fire trucks

Photo #1 - the original fire station #12
Photo #2 - new addition to station #12
Photo #3 - new addition to station #12
Photo #3 donated by Rodney Keyes




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