“Up in Smoke” opens soon

Museum of History
Monday, January 6, 2014 - 5:56pm

The El Paso Museum of History, located in 510 N. Santa Fe St., is inviting the public to join them for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly enhanced exhibit Up in Smoke: The Early Days of the El Paso Fire Department. The ribbon cutting is set for Saturday, January 11, at 1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

El Paso’s first Volunteer Firefighting Company was organized in 1882, in response to the building boom started with the coming of the railroads. Our modern, professional Fire Department takes great pride in its long history of service to the community and its ability to keep up with innovations in the field of firefighting. 

The exhibit, Up in Smoke: The Early Days of the El Paso Fire Department, is drawn from equipment once used by local firefighters. The centerpiece is Engine No. 2, the horse-drawn steam pumper purchased by the City in 1901 and seen in parades long after it was retired from service. One section of the gallery contains the telegraph system used to relay fire alarms from the street-side call boxes through a tickertape recorder, and on to the firehouse gong. There is a case full of hose nozzles, each producing a different stream of water; an actual life-saving trampoline; a Bridger Gun for shooting a rope across distance; early fire extinguishers; turn-of-the-century helmets; and photographs and old ledgers that tell the story of constant vigilance against fire’s destructive force.

The El Paso Museum of History is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays from 12-5 p.m. and has extended hours until 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Members of the Fire Department are frequently on hand in the gallery during major museum events.

For information, call Marilú Valenzuela Alemán at 915-351-3588 or email at alemanmg@elpasotexas.gov.


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