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FIRE HOUSE #3 308 W.Masonic Avenue, Cripple Creek, Colorado 80813
Picture taken May 3, 2011
An interesting aspect of Fire House #3 is that it’s use was so different from other buildings in the City of Cripple Creek. Unlike a house, saloon, casino, jail, hotel, or hospital, people didn’t inhabit it. In fact, they didn’t even stay there for any length of time while the fire house was in use. The building was built to store the fire wagon, and it was a wagon, along with equipment, hoses, axes, ladders, anything they would need to fight a fire. Add to that, the number of years the Fire House was in use was quite short as it was abandoned along with the town with the end of the mining boom in the early 1900s, where it fell into ruin.
But since “ghosts” inhabit places for reasons of their own, or reasons beyond their control, Fire House #3 could be a plethora of paranormal information. There is very little to the building: one story, one large room, no basement, no plumbing, no kitchen, one window, three doors, two smaller doors, all on the outside walls. Inside is a fire wagon, some hoses, two stalls that appear to be for the use of harnessing the horses rather than housing them, a wood floor, and two gas heaters.
The fire wagon is from Gold Field and the equipment could be from any place. The ground itself is surrounded by former houses and other buildings of the town. Our Spirits like to roam from building to building. And human company always makes them more energetic. They respond to pleasant chatter, questions, and remarks that could be of a personal nature.
©2011 Story & Photos: Nancy, MPPIR