04/01/07 138 W - + 13 - 12 Building Station 1

So you think Station 7 took a while to build in Cary? The land for Station 1 in Raleigh was purchased twelve years before that building was completed. On the same day the site of old Station 1 on West Morgan Street was sold to the state for $35,000, the city purchased a $15,000 lot on South Dawson Street from J. J. Towler on June 27, 1941. Building the thing took some time. The country was soon at war and construction materials were suddenly scare. As the equipment of the $120,000 fire alarm system needed a permanent home, however, the familiar alarm house was completed in the rear of the lot the next year. It was constructed using materials salvaged from the old station, including window frames. The accompanying Central Fire Station was finally completed eleven years later in 1953. It was dedicated on October 5.

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