There's a likely pair of old firehouses about equally distant from downtown, and the sunny winter finally afforded a chance to take a picture of one of them.
|Engine House Number 4, built 1931 - Firehouse Clinic today|
A sharp-eyed reader has proposed that a building at Fairgrounds and Winter is a near-match, a firehouse of the same vintage. It looks a lot like a mirror image of this clinic building.
These are just about the same distance from the center of downtown as are the 1930s era Safeways, and they clearly served the same city areas. There's an interesting parallelism in scale here.
Do you know of other old and repurposed firehouses in town? It seems like there ought to be a firehouse like this on the east side somewhere, with an address in the 2000s or so.
(More on Salem's Fire Department history here.)
|Fire Station #4, circa 1930 - via Oregon State Library|
With all the vaccination talk in the air, and with recent fluoridation battles in Portland, it's hard not to think of the character in Dr. Strangelove, General Ripper, who is obsessed with water quality and the foreign substances we put into our bodies willingly or unwillingly.
You probably saw the article about our sunny, warm winter. It was the second-warmest on record - right behind the start of the Dust Bowl!
|No snow: Second warmest winter|
|8% of normal snowpack right now - NRCS/USDA|
With climate change we will be seeing things like this more an more often.
Our sweet mountain tapwater, fed by snowpack, is increasingly under a quiet threat from warming, and it is not difficult at all to imagine having to go back to drinking water from the Willamette.
|A big water main to serve industrial development|
(from a year ago)
|From last summer|
|EOA-HNA draft Report - Jan 2015|
(graph added from CO2 Now)