Each week, Destination Hudson will present a photograph of something in Hudson. Some will be easy, but with some we will try to stump you. We will also include an interesting fact about our town - sometimes the picture and the fact will be related, and sometimes they will have nothing to do with each other. Our hope is that you will enjoy the facts about your hometown, and if you don't know where the photograph was taken, you'll go find out! The answers will be printed in the Hudson Hub-Times, and posted on Facebook and at the Visitor Center
I had quite a few people tell me they KNEW they had seen the Fire Station sign, but couldn't remember where. It is on the south side of Town Hall (27 E. Main St.), where the first official fire station opened in 1896 as a shared Village & Township Fire Department location. Did you know that from 1849 until 1896, the Hand Pumper was stored in a barn behind the Congregational Church on Aurora Street? Starting in the early 1900s the Village Fire Department and the Township Fire Department each had one fire engine. Wherever the fire was, that department and chief were in charge. In 1958, a new fire station was built on the southeast corner of state routes 91 & 303. It remained until 1979, when the current Safety Center (police, fire & EMS) was built on the corner of S. Oviatt and Ravenna streets. At that time, the main meeting room of the fire station at state routes 91 & 303 was jacked up and moved by truck to be installed in the current fire station as the meeting room.
I'm learning a lot about Hudson doing this column. The PNC building, subject of an earlier column, had long-standing connections to the Hudson Safety forces. It was the original garage/station for Hudson EMS when they formed in 1976. After EMS moved to the Safety Center, current Fire Chief Jerry Varnes moved his Hudson Appliance & TV store in there for a number of years. Before it was the EMS station, in addition to being a car dealership, it was former Fire Chief Dick Myers' auto repair shop for many years.