Did you know that one of the oldest continually operated firehouses in the country is right here in Richland County?
The 1872 Historic Engine House on Main Street in downtown Shelby is a survivor. The second oldest of its kind in Ohio, it anchors one corner of the Shelby Center Historic District, which itself is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
As the Independent News shared in July, 1872, Shelby City Council purchased “…one of Button’s first class Hand Fire Engines, two Hose Carts, and one thousand feet of Hose” to outfit the building and fire department. The advertisement for contractors later that year called for a brick building 30 by 45 feet in size with a tin roof. The fire engine cost $1,700, the building itself cost $4,000, and the entire expense came in at $10,000. More…