Fire Company #1, Maysville.
left, The Kinney Mack Fire Truck was put into use Oct. 28, 1910.
Read about its coming our party here.
|Maysville Firemen, 1945||Police Force, on Court Street|
|Dressed up for a parade
from a Facebook post by Moira Buckley McManus
Maysville Fire Department, 1935
|Washington Opera House
and Fire Department
|“Kinsey Mack” Fire
Fighters & Opera House
|A little background is here.|
|The first motion picture shown in Maysville was shown here, October 12, 1908.|
This was the second Opera House in Maysville, the first burned on Sunday, January 30th, 1898.
$50,000 Fire in Maysville, Ky.
“Maysville, Ky., Jan. 30.---Maysville was visited to-day by the most destructive fire in the history of the city. The Washington Opera House and the Mason County Library Building, full of rare books and historic relics, were burned, and a number of business houses were more or less damaged. The total loss will approximate $50,000.” New York Times, January 31, 1898
“Maysville has the amateur operatic craze, with a strong inclination toward The Pirates
of Penzance.” The Courier-Journal, February 25, 1885
A few words on the origins of the Washington Fire Department are here.
Let us note here that most county seats had an opera house, and virtually none of them were used for opera.
They were public auditoriums meant for all sorts of high-brow and low-brow entertainments.
A 1910 history of the Maysville Fire Department is here.
What traveling companies were told about
Maysville's Washington Opera House, in 1901, is here.