All maps on this site were created by Jeff Harkey, owner of They may be reused with credit given to Please use the full reference

Background Photo Credits


Image Source: Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library. Link


Image Source: Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library. Link


Detroit Firemen’s Fund Association. History of the Detroit Fire Department. Evansville, IN: M.T. Publishing Company, Inc., 2007. Link

Digital Sanborn Maps. Link

Jayson, Sheryl. Link

Legeros, Mike. “Histories of Detroit Firehouses.” January 23, 2015. Link

Randall, John. “Fire House History.” Detroit Firefighters. Link

Photo Sources

Detroit Fire Station Firehouse Photo Gallery. Link

Detroit Historical Society. Link

Detroit Public Library, Digital Collections. Link

S, Tim. “Old Firehouses on Pintrest.” Link

Polar Bear Expedition Digital Collections. Link

Wayne State University Libraries – Digital Collections. Link


Our thanks to Retired Detroit Firefighter Sheryl Jayson who writes the excellent blog Bookmark and visit her site often for regular posts on historical DFD items. Additional historical photos are published on the site that have not been included here.

Raleigh Fire Department Historian Mike Legeros, a dedicated fire department historian for his assistance with this project, especially helping navigate the Sanborn Maps of historical Detroit.

We encourage you to learn more about the Detroit Fire Buff’s organization Box 42. They are proud members of the ¬†International Fire Buff Associates. Thanks to Garry Watts and Dan Jasina for help with some current info. My personal thanks for the hospitality Box 42 extended this North Carolina fire buff in 2005 and 2006.

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