11/21/13 163 W, 7 I - + 8 - 11 Vintage Photo - Gastonia Fire, Police in 1919

Found for sale on eBay, the Gastonia fire and police departments on November 27, 1919. They're pictured in front of what's presumably the town's City Hall. Betting that the building's no longer standing and was likely replaced by the 1926 municipal building at 240 W. Franklin Boulevard. That structure also served as the fire station until 1953, when the fire department relocated to 117 W. Second Street. That building served until 2002, when the fire department relocated again. Maybe our Gastonia readers can add more details. Click to enlarge:


Both of the later Station 1 locations are still standing, along with Old Station 3 at 1502 W. Franklin Boulevard, Old Station 4 at 1012 S. New Hope Road, and Old Station 8 at 111 Camp Rotary Road (originally a Chapel Grove FD station). That is, at last check. Memo to self, swing through town on next westward trip and take new photos. Readers can use Google Street view to see how things look today. Click to enlarge:

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