Nebraska town's first fire engine joins Stuhr Museum collection

  • Source: The Grand Island Independent
  • Published: 09/03/2021 12:00 AM

PHOTOS: Cairo’s first fire engine, a 1936 Dodge fire truck, has found a new home at Grand Island’s Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer. It was the first fire engine purchased by the Village of Cairo and belonged to the Cairo Volunteer Fire Department. “They have put a lot of work into restoring it and love it very much, and they’re donating it here so we can share it with everybody,” Stuhr Curator Kari Stofer said. The 1936 fire engine has long been a feature of Cairo community events, and served Cairo into the 2010s. The vehicle can now be seen at Stuhr’s Steam Learning Center and Farm Machinery building. “We love to highlight other communities besides Grand Island, and something that’s so striking is the fire truck,” Stofer said. “We’re really honored to be able to take care of it and share it with all of Hall County and Nebraska.”


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