100 Years of Service: The Muscatine Fire Department
May 21 - August 7, 2016
Significant local fires in the mid-1800s were combated by Muscatine citizens who filled countless buckets of water to suppress the flames. A single fire in June of 1865 destroyed fifteen buildings in Muscatine. The high school burned down in 1868 followed by a grain elevator in 1869. Businesses and homes were lost in Muscatine. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 led many to question if a fire could devastate a city with a professional fire department, what would happen to towns with only a bucket brigade?
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