Lost and Found

Lost and Found features brief profiles of historic landmarks and structures, one lost and one saved.


The splendid Humane Fire Engine Company building was erected in 1854 on Airy Street in Norristown, Montgomery County. This fire company was the first in the county to purchase a steam fire engine in 1865, and its building was distinguished by its impressive fire alarm bell tower. The engine house served the community until 1888, when a new building, still in use, was constructed on Main Street. The exact date of its demolition is unknown. The Historical Society of Montgomery County holds literature and memorabilia documenting the history of firefighting in the county. For information, write the society at 1654 DeKalb Street, Norristown, PA 19401; or telephone (610) 271-0297.



The Reily Fire Station, built in 1899, served the uptown area of Harrisburg until it closed in 1980. In 1995, the City of Harrisburg completed the restoration of the hose company to its original appearance, including its distinctive tower, and leased the building to the Fire Museum of Greater Harrisburg. The museum features an extensive collection of firefighting memorabilia. The Fire Museum is located at 1820 North Fourth Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102; telephone (717) 232-8915. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.; Saturday, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.; and Sunday, 1 P.M. to 5 PM. There is an admission fee.