Brenham Fire Company # 1 Fire Museum

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Brenham Fire Company # 1 Fire Museum

Brenham Fire Company # 1 Fire Museum
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TABristolUK
Bristol, UK59 contributions
We were listening to the narration around the old fire truck in Brenham when Matthew and his colleagues pulled up in their fire truck and whilst the museum itself was officially closed, opened it up for us to have a look around. Inside are some important fire trucks that have worked to keep Brenham safe over 100 years but it was made all the more special by the kind fire officers who were generous with their time. The museum is tiny but the history of how the original hook and ladder company was formed tells you a lot about the early days of Brenham as frontier town too.
Written January 8, 2020
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genoacowboy
Houston, TX228 contributions
We were lucky on the day in December when we visited we had the place all to ourselves and the Firefighters were there Decorating the Working Moving Antique Fire Engines for the Christmas Parade the following weekend and for Fire Engine Rides. Several of the Firefighters were there, very nice and interesting people. We got to watch a Video about the History of the Brenham Fire Department. They even opened up the Display for the earliest Horse Drawn Fire Device where there are only 3 of these type left. Very nice and kind Men. We got the grand tour. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !
Written December 9, 2019
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Juanjose H
Houston, TX919 contributions
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The Brenham Fire Museum - a.k.a. Brenham Fire Company # 1 Fire Museum, was designed to house Samanthe, the 1923 American LaFrance Type 38 that the Brenham Fire Department owned. Purchased April 2, 1923 from the manufacturer in Elmira, NY, Samanthe is one of only three left of its kind. Only 34 fire engines of this type were produced between early 1900 and 1930.

Samanthe made her first trip to Brenham on a rail car. Fire fighters E. P. Davis and E. W. Pflughaupt took delivery of her and Brenham Mayor A.A. Hacker accepted her on behalf of the City. Samanthe served the citizens of Brenham for many years; the last fire she made was at a house fire at 101 N. Chappell Hill Street, which is the current location of the Brenham Fire Station. After she was retired, it became a goal of the Fire Department to have her restored to her original grandeur.

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Samanthe Before Restoration

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Samanthe After Restoration
The restoration project began in 2004 when the late Billy Sohns remembered the fire department with a gift in his will. During the years following, the fire department has raised $65,000 toward her renovation. The work was done at the Texas Fire Museum in Dallas at a total cost of $90,000. Samanthe was unveiled to the public during the City's Sesquicentennial activities in June of 2008.

Once restoration work began on Samanthe, the question was raised as to where she would be housed once she returned. The board of the Brenham Heritage Museum made the decision to build a home for her, as well as other fire department artifacts. And so the Brenham Fire Company #1 Fire Museum was born. Through a combination of private donations and grants, $150,000 was raised to build the museum which was constructed next to the Heritage Museum and the 1879 Silsby Steamer. The museum is now home to Samanthe, and a 1950 American LaFrance, the Invader, both were sent to the Texas Fire Museum for restoration and as the museum a combination of private donations, grants and fundraisers paid for the restorations.

Inside the museum is the Wall of Honor, a unique tribute to all the men and women who have served as members of the fire department since its inception in 1867. It also includes the Roster of all the Mascots who have served. The museum also houses fire artifacts from the department's long year history.
Written September 25, 2018
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Bob S
Arlington, United States11 contributions
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We had the opportunity to visit the Brenham Fire Museum on Saturday morning. The Brenham Fire Department has just completed a certification of two new Fire Fighters. The family had requested to visit the museum, and we unknowingly crashed their party. What a wonderful surprise opportunity. As "old car" people, we were blown away with the restoration of the late 1879 Silsby Steamer "Pumper" Fire Wagon and one of the coolest fire trucks we have ever seen. Samanthe, the 1923 American LaFrance Type 38 that the Brenham Fire Department owned. Purchased April 2, 1923 from the manufacturer in Elmira, NY, Samanthe is one of only three left of its kind. Only 34 fire engines of this type were produced between early 1900 and 1930. Two of Brenham's Fire Fighters took time out of their celebration to give us a private tour. Please call a week ahead to insure that you can get into the buildings to enjoy this treasure. There is an outside narrative available if everything is looked up when you arrive
Written July 3, 2018
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TravelingforFunTexas
Texas279 contributions
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We went during Spring Break with our 11 & 13 yr olds. This is an excellent piece of Brenham history for the whole family! The fire chief gave us a great tour. There are 3 old engines to see that are beautifully restored, as well as historical objects like uniforms & hoses and interesting photos & documents. There is a Wall of Honor with every firefighter’s name that has worked for the department since 1867. Kids can get a plastic fireman’s hat and climb into one of the trucks. We watched a short video that was interesting. A fun fact I learned was that the Brenham Fire Company was largely responsible for starting the Washington County Fair - the oldest county fair in Texas. We spent about 45 minutes and really enjoyed this!
Written March 16, 2021
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pnkgirl27
Katy, TX3,309 contributions
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Very nice fire museum that is well done. It even has a glass room exhibit to see outside near the entrance.
Written November 5, 2019
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Terry D
Houston, TX171 contributions
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This is a venue in downtown that has a lot of historical fire fighting equipment and information. They have an old horse drawn wagon as well. It's all part of the Brenham downtown experience.
Written April 23, 2019
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