Join us on Friday, May 19th at 3:30 P.M. for the Bell Tower Completion Ceremony where the Council Bluffs Fire Department will reveal the new Central Station Bell Tower. The completion ceremony and inaugural bell ringing will take place at Central Fire Station, 200 South 4th Street. Citizens of Council Bluffs are encouraged to attend. Following the ceremony you will have the opportunity to tour the station and explore the apparatuses, alongside fire department personnel.
History of the Fire Bell:
The fire bell is a historic artifact first purchased in the late 1870’s to alert the community of emergencies. The Fire Department presented the 1300 pound brass bell on July 4, 1876 during the country’s Centennial celebration. Originally, the bell hung from a wood tower at Glen and Pierce Streets. In 1882, the bell was relocated to a new wood-constructed Central Fire House built at the intersection of North Main and Bryant Streets. However, that building was replaced in 1909 with a more sturdy, brick station. The bell hung in a cupola at that location until 1959 when structural damage to the roof caused it to be taken down. In modern times, the bell hung at Station 6 on Oak Street and North Broadway before being moved to storage in the early 2000’s. The effort to restore the 140-year-old fire bell began five years ago. During that time, the community raised more than $225,000 for the project.