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Retro Rewind - Posted June 23, 2017 9:30 a.m.
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Amarillo’s Second Fire Station

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The Amarillo Hook and Ladder Company was established in 1897 to serve the growing population. Within the next decade, the fire department became an official city service, and operated out of the same downtown municipal building that housed city hall. In those days, the fire department’s pump and hose wagons were pulled by horses. As automobiles began to increase in popularity around the city, the fleet added a motorized vehicle around 1912.

Amarillo’s dry climate, high winds, and timber homes made the threat of destruction by fire a significant one. As the city kept growing to the south and west, the fire department decided it needed a second station to serve the city’s residential neighborhoods. This building was constructed in 1914 at 16th Avenue and Harrison Street (pictured above). In 1959, the impressive building was torn down and replaced by a new fire station. The replacement structure, located at 1601 S. Harrison St., is now home to Scarborough Specialties, Inc.

by Jason Boyett

Jason is a journalist, copywriter, ghostwriter, and the author of more than a dozen books. His most recent is “12 World Religions: The Beliefs, Rituals, and Traditions of Humanity's Most Influential Faiths”, published by Zephyros Press. Learn more at
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