Cincinnati Fire Museum, Cincinnati
This small museum tucked away on a side street in downtown Cincinnati came as a delightful surprise when Karen and I first visited it on a Sunday afternoon. We were the only visitors in the museum at the time, but learned it is a favorite destination for school children on field trips. Adults should find it equally as interesting, if not even more so.
The Cincinnati Fire Museum chronicles the story of fires and firefighting in more than 200 years of Cincinnati history. There are also many displays telling about the Ahrens-Fox manufacturing company, one of the most famous names in firefighting history, which was established in Cincinnati in 1913. This was the company to develop the first steam engine that replaced horses with motorized tractors to pull fire wagons. A few old fire wagons and trucks are on display, the oldest being an 1836 horse-drawn Hunnerman Hand Pumper.
I'm something of a history buff, yet I learned a lot about the early days of firefighting here that I never knew - all fascinating stuff. If you have any curiosity at all you will enjoy this museum.