by Michael R. Allen
This fireman’s training tower at the northeast corner of 18th and Broadway in East St. Louis once stood next to a station house. According to neighbors, the city government demolished the station in the 1990s but left the tower to stand. It’s a quirky vestige of the once-proud firefighting days of East St. Louis. The sturdy concrete body and relative youth — it dates to the 1950s — ensure that it won’t fall down anytime soon.