Walking around downtown Ann Arbor, from a distance, I saw the tower on this building which I thought was an old church, but then as I got closer I noticed the doors on the front and then realized it was an old fire station. It is now the the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum but above the doors carved into the stonework, it reads “Engine House 1882”. it’s easy to imagine the horses coming out of those doors pulling a steam pumper galloping down the Ann Arbor streets off to fight a fire. The bell tower was used to summon volunteer fireman to the fire station to fight a fire. The fire department moved out of the old firehouse in the 1970s.
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