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Engine House No. 5 Fire Museum
At Engine House No. 5 Fire Museum, visitors learn about the history of the area's first responders, as they explore a collection of vintage fire-fighting gear, some of which dates back to the late 1600s.
The Building: In 1880, this brick building was built and stood in downtown Grand Rapids for 100 years. When a new firestation was planned in 1980, it was disassembled, brick by brick, and reassembled in Allendale to house this history museum.
Eye Catcher: A fleet of vintage fire engines, including a 1936 hand-pumped engine
Permanent Mainstay: A collection of leather buckets, which were the only way to supply water to the fire engines until the early 1800s—some of these buckets were crafted in the late 17th century
Crown Jewel: One fully-restored Eureka hose cart, complete with a 24-karat-gold inlay
From the Press: According to Fox17, "These fire trucks are truly something that would be seen at the Henry Ford Museum in Greenfield Village in pristine condition."
While You're There: Browse Hammer & Thread, an on-site shop that specializes in handmade goods, such as jewelry, clothing, and soaps