In the small town of Trinidad, Colorado is a museum that kids will love. Exploring Old Fire House No. 1 is an experience you and the family will not soon forget. This firehouse was built in 1889 and includes a classroom and a vintage firetruck. These hands-on exhibits are a great way to learn about history and learn about firefighting.
The designers of this building created a unique structure from locally quarried limestone and red brick. There are carriage style doors, a large arched window filled with leaded glass, small archways near the entry door, a cupola, and a fire bell. The original City Council Chambers was located in the room behind the big second story window. You will get a feel for the big plans these folks had for the town of Victorian Trinidad during their meetings.
The true highlight of visiting this museum is learning about the adventure and thrill of fighting fires. The firefighter's sleeping quarters are able to be viewed as you move through the museum. They are located at the back end of the building. The first floor features a fire truck and a fire pole. Today this area houses the City's 1947 American La France fire truck, where kids can climb and pretend to be brave firefighters during their visit. Everyone will enjoy trying on the heavy firemen's coats, their boots, and various firefighting apparel. There is also a rescue net, hoses, and other vintage firefighting equipment on display at the museum. Following the building of City Hall, the City Council Chambers room was converted to a kitchen and lounge area. Today, this area holds the museums' office facilities.
The museum features a dress up area and doll collection for children to enjoy at their leisure. The sleeping area is a replica schoolroom with blackboards, desks, and school equipment. This gives children a chance to experience a Victorian schoolhouse and how children of that time learned their lessons. School lessons can be conducted in this classroom today. Contact the museum to schedule a time to rent the schoolroom.
Trinidad is not just home to the Firehouse museum, it is a Victorian town full of activities. Following your trip to the museum, visit one of the local restaurants for a bite to eat. There is Mexican food available at Tequila's, Mission at the Bell, or El Capitan. One of the local specialties is green chile sauce and stew. A number of restaurants feature this staple on their menu and vistiors to the area should give it a shot. It is delicious on meat, onions, beans, burritos, sandwiches, or even eaten alone from a bowl. It is a spicy dish, so prepare yourself! There are a variety of restaurants featuring other cuisines like American grills, Asian food, and quick soups and sandwiches. This is a great place to take a stroll, enjoy a light lunch, and take the kids to the Old Firehouse No. 1 Museum. It is a family-oriented daytrip that will create memories of joy and fun.