North Clark Historical Museum exhibit will feature lower and upper Amboy fires and Clark County Fire District 10


The museum will open at noon and the program will begin at 2 p.m.

AMBOY – On Saturday (April 23), North Clark Historical Museum will present a program featuring the Upper and Lower Amboy Fires, and the formation of Fire District 10. 

The museum will open at noon and the program will begin at 2 p.m. Speakers will include Dave Johnson, one of the original 13 volunteer firefighters and local fire district officials. Museum officials welcome those present to share their personal recollection of the devastating fires of 1951 and 1960.  The 1961 Crown Firecoach Engine will be on display.

On Saturday (April 23), North Clark Historical Museum will present a program featuring the Upper and Lower Amboy Fires, and the formation of Fire District 10. Photo courtesy North Clark Historical Museum
On Saturday (April 23), North Clark Historical Museum will present a program featuring the Upper and Lower Amboy Fires, and the formation of Fire District 10. Photo courtesy North Clark Historical Museum

Featured in the exhibit will be:

• The fire in Lower Amboy, August 6, 1951, destroyed a store, a café, and a theater. Windows in several buildings in the area were cracked.

• The fire in Upper Amboy on April 17, 1960, destroyed a service station, family residence, stores, apartments, private residence, and a grocery store. The United Brethren church was saved. Clark County Fire District #10 was established after the 1960 fire as residents saw the need for a fire department in the area. It was put on the general ballot in November of 1960 and established in 1961. 

• The 2022 Raffle Quilt, “Wild Flowers,” made by the Chelatchie Quilters, will be available to view and tickets will be available to purchase for $1.00 each. Quilt Raffle proceeds go to the Capital Improvement Fund.

North Clark Historical Museum is in upper Amboy at 21416 NE 399th St. in the renovated 1910 United Brethren Church. The museum was incorporated in 1988 and opened to the public in June of 2000.

The 1961 Crown Firecoach Engine will be on display Saturday at the North Clark Historical Museum. Photo courtesy North Clark Historical Museum
The 1961 Crown Firecoach Engine will be on display Saturday at the North Clark Historical Museum. Photo courtesy North Clark Historical Museum

For more information, contact (360) 247-5800 and leave a message or email museumnch88@gmail.com.

The North Clark Historical Museum was founded in 1988 and is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. The doors were opened in June of 2000. The mission statement is: To preserve North Clark County’s natural and cultural history through collections and exhibits, and to sponsor educational programs and research opportunities for the enrichment of the public. 

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