Abandonment East St. Louis, Illinois

Fireman’s Training Tower

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.

5 replies on “Fireman’s Training Tower”


Although I doubt this is the case, but might you just be the first stop for brick-rustlers looking for new targets?


man, when I was a kid, finding a good 'hideout' was a high priority. This is a better find than any tree house. Assuming I could lock up the base, I'd be unassailable. I'd throw my snowballs and water balloons, and my sister would be unable to do anything!

Somebody should make this into a playground.

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