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Willow Springs, Missouri: Fire Museum of Missouri (Closed)

Private museum in a large one-story farm building -- lots of old engines, extinguishers, etc., plus a large collection of old soda bottles and beer cans. Two museums in one!

From the four-way stop intersection of Hwy 137/Harris St. and Business US Hwy 63 in downtown, drive south on Business US Hwy 63 for a little over a mile. The museum will be on the right, in a red building.
Oct. 2013: Reported closed.

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Fire Museum of Missouri

Stopped in and talked to the owner John. He has sold almost everything. He has a few old trucks left and the soda bottles. But in his words "the museum is closed" and it's now a volunteer station.

[ryan creek, 10/11/2013]
Fire Museum of Missouri

The museum has 23 antique Fire Engines and one hose cart. Thirteen are restored and the others are in various stages of restoration. They range from a 1929 Studebaker to a 1970 Mack, but most are from the 1930s, '40s, and early '50s. The restoring of the units are all done by the museum owner John Mathieu.

The museum also has a large collection of fire extinguishers, Fire, Police, and Emergency Medical Service uniform patches, and antique automobiles.

The museum has over 3,000 soda pop bottles, several hundred antique soda pop cans, vending mahcines, and a beer can collection. We have approximately 200 antique soda pop signs on the wall of the museum.

[Jeromy Sumner, 05/03/2003]

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