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San Francisco, California: San Francisco Fire Department Museum

In a city famously burned after its devastating 1906 earthquake, this little museum displays historical firefighting artifacts, from buffalo hide buckets to S.F.'s first hydrant.

655 Presidio Avenue, San Francisco, CA
North of Geary Blvd, at Presidio Ave and Pine St.
Th-Su 1-4 pm. Call! (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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San Francisco Fire Department Museum

The SFFD Museum is a gem of a place, featuring one of SF's first fire engines (ca 1810), horse-drawn steamers, and a variety of other equipment. There's a display dedicated to the 1906 earthquake and fire, with crowd favorites like stacks of melted pennies and china, fused together by the intense heat of the fire. Learn more about Lillie H. Coit, of Coit Tower fame and Tom Sawyer, friend of Mark Twain and SF volunteer fireman. Volunteer-run, the place is free but it's nice to toss them a few bucks!

[Jamie O., 06/12/2013]

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