Pennsylvania Engine Company No. 2 Firehouse

The Pennsylvania Engine Company No. 2 Firehouse originally housed one of Nevada City’s first volunteer fire companies. Built in 1861, this classic two-story brick structure is owned by the city and still used as a firehouse. At any time the bell atop its roof could ring out a warning, the double doors open and out rush the engine. First organized as Eureka Hose Company No. 2 in June of 1860, the Eureka Hose boys were somewhat dismayed when the engine they had purchased from Pennsylvania Company No. 12 in San Francisco arrived via freight wagon. Inscribed on its side was the name “Pennsylvania.” The logical solution appeared to be to change their name to Pennsylvania, which they did. The firehouse stands near the top of Broad Street.