Building once served as a firehouse in Syracuse

On Dolan Drive, just south off Main Street in Syracuse, sits a small building that doesn’t particularly stand out in any way. According to Kosciusko County property records found online, the wood frame building was originally built in 1919. But it does have a history for the town of Syracuse, and the town still owns the building according to those same property records. It once served as a firehouse and pump house for Syracuse. The size of the building may be confusing, but remember fire trucks were not as big in those days and typically in a small town such as Syracuse there was only one truck used for fire runs much of the time. I believe the building has been used for storage, but I’m not quite sure what it is used for presently. Dolan Drive has some history, too, as it is located where a millrace used to be that provided water power for the town.

Former firehouse/pump house in Syracuse.

Former firehouse/pump house in Syracuse.

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About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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3 Responses to Building once served as a firehouse in Syracuse

  1. Phil says:

    I grew up in that area and remember it well. For a good amount of time, this building was used for the Syracuse Civil Defense as well. This disbanded once FEMA began to have more of a presence in the federal government, but it was used very often up until the very late 80’s or early 90’s or so. The area next door to that building used to be one of Syracuse’s drinking water well-heads, and the building to the right of that was used for filtering and chlorinating the water, though the building and apparently the well-head are no longer there.

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