In Kansas Town, This Museum Tells The Stories Of The City's Firefighters

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  • Published: 02/12/2021 12:00 AM

On Broadway, just south of Lincoln, is another Wichita landmark that is hidden in plain sight: the Kansas Firefighters Museum. The museum is small in size but uses the space wisely. The walls, ceilings — every square inch, it seems — is full of memorabilia. There are photos, plaques, logbooks and, best of all, old fire equipment. The museum has the station’s original horse-drawn wagon; a chemical truck that was pulled and pushed by four men; and a 1921 American Lafrance fire engine. David Wilson — “DD” to his friends — is a retired firefighter and recording secretary for the museum. He's passionate about the vocation and its history. “I’ve been researching Wichita firefighters, and [now] the state,” Wilson said. The museum was once Wichita's Fire Station No. 6; it was built in 1909. “At the time, seven firefighters were here and those seven firefighters worked seven days a week," Wilson said.


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