Now there’s two thoughts that could probably be expanded into their own topics ...”hose towers” and “going with your dad to pick up his check”. I bet there’s a lot of stories there.Appreciate the history. When I was young my father transferred into 54 when the house opened. I remember going there before 96 and 54 moved in so my dad could look around. I remember going a few times on payday so he could get his check and looking at all the numbers on the floor in chalk from one of the guys counting bells. I believe they had one of the first hose dryers on the job.
Here’s a start ... you could always pick out a fire house from a cluster of buildings at a distance by the distinctive outline of the hose tower.