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Tyrrell Historical Library Digital Collections

About this collection

This collection consists of approximately 994 photographs from the Fire Museum of Texas, which opened in 1984 in Beaumont, documenting firefighting in Southeast Texas from 1856 to 1993, with heavy emphasis on the first half of the twentieth century.  The Fire Department of Beaumont was established in 1881 and images in this collection cover many aspects of the department including firefighters, firehouses, and fire engines; fires and local buildings damaged by fire; fire prevention demonstrations and other events; and damages from non-fire related disasters such as hurricanes.  In addition, there are a few images from the Texas City Disaster of 1947.  Further photographs of the Beaumont Fire Department can be found in the General Photographic Collection as well.

 
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