Celebrating Colorado Firefighters
Join us in celebrating the Colorado firefighters that keep us safe every since day. Doing it's part, the Denver Firefighters Museum is hosting a new exhibit called "At the Heart of the Flames." This exhibit will be made entirely of art created by active and retired Denver firefighters, showcasing their wonderful talent and creativity. The exhibit actually opened at the end of May this year and will be running until December 31st. Continue reading to learn more about The Denver Firefighters Museum.
The Denver Firefighters Museum
The Denver Firefighters Museum that we know today took many years in the making to form. Harkening all the way back to 1909, the original Station One of the Denver Fire Department was constructed. Decades later a group called the Denver Fire Reserves decided that the then-aging structure should be converted into a museum. An administrative team was not assembled until 1978. However after this group came together, things moved a little quicker for the museum. They created their own constitution, by-laws and mission statement. Soon the board incorporated the museum as a non-profit organization in 1979 and received a National Register of Historic Places listing. The Museum first opened to the public on May 27, 1980.
Though the museum was getting visitors, it badly needed a way to make money to operate. Therefore in 1982 the building’s name was changed and operations expanded to include a restaurant above the museum. The Fire House Restaurant served sandwiches, salads, the soft drinks that were available at the time and desserts, and was usually open from 11 AM to 2 PM. Though they had many group tours at the time, they didn't hire trained staff until 1993. Before then they relied on local historians and firefighter buffs to lead the tours. Today the museum is full of firefighting artifacts from all over the state of Colorado. For more information on the history of this amazing museum and how to plan your own visit, check out their website.