This Day in MendoHistory: June 18, 1887- Mendocino Citizens Gather to Form Volunteer Fire Department

In collaboration with Mendocino’s Kelley House Museum, MendoFever will be publishing their “This Day in Mendocino History” Facebook posts. The Kelley House Museum works hard to document and curate Mendocino County’s rich history and can be visited in the seaside town of Mendocino.

Photo: Main Street, Mendocino, looking west, c. 1909. The two-story Central Hotel is visible on the right. Originally built in 1878 and operated by the Bever brothers as the Central House until their retirement in 1901, the Central Hotel would be renamed the Hotel Mendocino in 1927. The first building on the left with the bell tower on the roof is the fire station. (Kelley House Collection, Kelley House Photographs)

On this day in Mendocino history…

June 18, 1887 – Town citizens met to further their plans to form the first Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department. Members of the fire company executive committee included William H. Kelley, Eugene Brown, Jerome C. Ford, William Heeser, Henry H. Jarvis, John D. Murray, and Jack Frodsham.

A fire station was built on the south side of Main Street across from the Central Hotel (today’s Mendocino Hotel). The fire bell arrived on the schooner W. S. Phelps on June 25. The first fire engine, a hand pumper, was purchased for $1,835 and arrived on the schooner Bob-O-Link on July 1. The fire equipment also included a hose cart, 500 feet of hose, and a hook and ladder apparatus.

By 1938, the old firehouse on Main Street had fallen into a state of disrepair. The 700-pound bell was lowered from the bell tower, and the 1887 fire station was demolished. The original bell is now on display outside the current fire station at 10461 Lansing Street.

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