February 9th, 2009
One of our newest acquisitions we have obtained is an old badge from West Austin Fire Company #7. The West Austin #7 fire company was located in our current Fire Station #4 at 1000 Blanco St. For this year’s Austin Fire Museum San Jacinto Celebration (April 21) we will be featuring an exhibit on the history of the Blanco St. fire station which served as West Austin #7 from 1904-1916 and Fire Station 4 from 1916-present. This is the only current fire station in the Austin Fire Department that dates to the horse-drawn era of firefighting.
October 20th, 2008
The 2009 Austin Fire Museum Calendar features old photographs of Austin firefighters and fire incidents spanning every decade from the 1890′s to the 1970′s. The calendar measures 11X17 when fully opened and each month includes a full 8X10 photo. The calendar also includes the 2009 Austin Fire Department shift schedule.
The price is $6 for current museum members and $8 each for non-members. Ask about becoming a member to receive a free calendar. We hope you’ll enjoy this calendar for yourself, or as a gift for someone interested in Austin history or general fire history. Read the rest of this entry »
August 4th, 2008
Retired Lt. Ken Merrell passed away this past weekend with family in St. Louis after battling lung cancer. Ken was invited to be our first retired AFD member on our Fire Museum board in 2004. He served for that first year and was involved in many of the decisions that led up to the creation of the Austin Fire Museum in 2005. He had to resign from his position due to his cancer diagnosis and subsequent move to St. Louis. We asked Ken to be a part of the first museum board because he had a love for the job and the traditions of the Austin Fire Department. Read the rest of this entry »
July 30th, 2008
The Austin Fire Museum is fortunate enough to have about 15 of its firefighter business cards in our archive collection. These cards were traded between firefighters at the annual Texas State Firemen’s Convention that took place for many years beginning in the 1880′s. Recently we acquired a new card which belonged to Julius Schutze, a prominent Austinite and Hook and Ladder #1 member of the late 1800′s and early 1900′s. The card dates to 1911 and is in very good shape for its age. The graphic is a beautiful representation of the pride and esteem associated with being a member of the Austin Fire Department around the turn of the 20th Century. Read the rest of this entry »