Steam engine on display in Allendale Fourth of July parade

The steam engine was bought by the city of Benton Harbor in 1876. (July 3, 2015)

ALLENDALE, Mich. (WOOD) — Parade goers can check out a piece of history rolling through Allendale this weekend.

For the first time in 80 years, a steam engine — once used to fight fires — will be pulled by horses through the Fourth of July parade in Allendale.

The steam engine, bought by the city of Benton Harbor in 1876, is housed at Engine House No. 5 Fire Museum on Lake Michigan Drive in Allendale.

Engine House No. 5 Foundation President Jeff Blum said the group wanted to take part in the celebration to bring more awareness to the historic gems they have on display and continue educating the public about the history of firefighting.

“Our collection is from countrywide including helmets, leather buckets from the bucket brigades, fire apparatus, machines like the steam engine and many more,” Blum said.

The non-profit museum is open for public or private tours.

The Fourth of July parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University.

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