Monday, August 17, 2009

Then and Now

Today's visit with the past touches on the fire station at 4th & Battery. Like many things in Belltown, it's tough to tell how old it is. I always guessed post-WWII, but I was way off. Have a gander:

This was taken around 1922, so let's just say that it was built sometime in the teens. So yes, it's old. How much has it changed over the years?

Gosh, not much at all! Of course, they've gotten new fire trucks and hoses and such in the meantime, but the building hasn't changed a bit. They're renovating it right now, but that just means that the firemen are gonna get jet packs. The building won't change.

I'll tell you something, now that I think of it, I haven't heard a fire truck barrel down 2nd Avenue in the longest time. It's just been cops and ambulances. And even those have been few and far between. Is it because the economy doesn't allow for people to get arrested or injured? I don't know, but for some reason, Belltown has been very quiet this summer.


Lydia said...

They've been too busy coming to my street because some idiot has been pulling the fire alarm three times a night.

Igor Keller said...

Oh, that explains it.