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Designated Landmarks

Fire Station
667 4th Avenue

Landmark Designation: 1977

National Register: 1985

Construction Date: 1907

Architectural Style: Renaissance

Longmont had only been in existence for about five years when a disastrous fire destroyed most of the frame buildings in the 300 block of Main Street. Following the fire, the businessmen of the town realized a better equipped volunteer fire company was needed, but there were no funds for the purpose. Walter A. Buckingham, a partner in the Emerson and Buckingham Bank, offered to organize and finance a fire company including the mechanical equipment for more effective fire fighting and uniforms for sixteen volunteers. His offer was contingent on the town providing a building to house the fire company. The town donated the building which resulted in the establishment of the Walter A. Buckingham Hook and Ladder Company. A second volunteer group, the Longmont Hose Company Number 1, was founded in 1883 and a third, W.A. Tiffany Hose Company, in 1897.

The Longmont Firehouse is the home of Longmont's first paid fire department who rendered an extremely important service to the community at this location from 1907 to 1971. The building is on the site of an earlier structure which contained a firehouse, school and town hall. The first equipment housed in this building was the horse drawn ladder wagon and the horses, Maggie and Jiggs. Later "Old Ironsides", the first motorized pumper in northern Colorado, was located in this building.

Today the building is used for office space and community service groups.

HPC 1977-2