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Columbia Drill Tower, Park Street: 1980s(?)   5 comments

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I'm pretty sure this Park Street structure, in the first block south of Gervais Street, was a rescue practice tower for the Columbia Fire Department.

The original signage has been stripped from the stone, but after trying a few random things in gimp, I got this transform where you can almost read the letters:

I'm pretty sure it says "Columbia Drill Tower", but the first 'L' looks different from the second 'L' for some reason.

At any rate, if it's not a Fire Department burning building rescue mock up, I can't think what it possibly could be.

The structure is obviously not used now. I wonder if it just got too out of date? There are not a whole lot of buildings with fire escapes around anymore to rescue people from.

UPDATE 4 February 2012: Apparently the plan to repurpose the old firestation to which this tower belonged is not going well.

Written by ted on February 26th, 2010

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5 Responses to 'Columbia Drill Tower, Park Street: 1980s(?)'

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  1. I believe this structure dates from the 1940s or 1950s.


    26 Feb 10 at 6:28 am

  2. My grandfather worked construction and helped build this back in the early fifties, IIRC. It was used for training until the SC Fire Academy opened.


    26 Feb 10 at 7:39 am

  3. According to SC Archives & History the tower was built in 1951.


    26 Feb 10 at 4:31 pm

  4. This structure was located behind the Columbia Fire Department headquarters building at the corner of Park and Senate. Headquarters moved to Laurel Street in the mid-90's, resulting in the closing of the old headquarters station and the Harden St. station (now the department's Logistics building). At this same time, one engine company was relocated to a new station in Olympia. A drill tower was built in the 80's behind the Industrial Park station off of Bluff Rd., but I have been told most training now is done at the State Fire Academy on the North side of town.


    28 Mar 10 at 3:14 pm

  5. My Grandfather Raymond Boykin was the Assistant Chief at this fire department. He provided the hay for their mock fires.

    Miz T

    9 Aug 11 at 3:27 pm

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