Saturday, December 31, 2016

Vintage Fire Museum

It's New Year's Eve, and I'm spending the day with my great-nephew, Robbie. I surprised him with an outing to the Vintage Fire Museum in Jeffersonville. We were both blown-away with what we learned from this super-cool museum!

Things like how a bucket-brigade works, and how "black balled" come from a fraternal organization, like a fire or police station, anonymously voting for prospects using white and black marbles, are two examples of our take-aways. I don't want to share all the stories, as you'll have to visit yourself to hear them all.

You will be impressed with the quantity and quality of the equipment. All the engines actually work, and they are polished, maintained, and parade-ready at any time. This particular engine floated through New Albany on a barge in the 1937 flood. It don't look like much when they tracked down the chassis, as you can see from the photo at the side when you visit. This is what love and passion for restoration did for the engine.

You'll also see a variety of trumpets, extinguishers, uniforms, toys, and fire alarm relay systems that show how technology evolved. Pretty cool stuff that was interesting to a 10-year-old and his aunt with some vintage of her own!

Click here for their website, and definitely go!