Engine House #11 in Detroit, on Gratiot Ave, is the oldest remaining firehouse in Detroit. Engine Company No. 11 was organized as the “Steam Fire Engine Company #11” on January 1, 1884. The original equipment included a horse-drawn Silsby Steam engine and hose reel cart. The company converted to motorized operation in 1916, obtaining a Seagrave gasoline propelled pumping engine.
The firehouse tower on the southeast side of the building was used to dry hoses and also by the fire officer to spot smoke and direct the team of Horses to the fire. The Tower was shortened during World War II so an air raid siren could be installed. In 1972, Engine Company No. 11 moved to new quarters. The building was used by the Emergency Medical Unit until 1976. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1975 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
P.S. I try to avoid getting cars and trucks in my pics but since I had a truck in this one I changed it to a Faygo truck since the bottling plant is right down the road.
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