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.

WOOD TV8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s