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For decades, equipment used by firefighters from the early 1800s gathered rust in musty rooms until it was decided in 1981 that these brave men should have more significance than just dusty memories. Included is an 1831 hand pump, an parade carriage from 1893, and an early 20th-century street-corner fire alarm. Throughout the museum visitors will see what it takes to make it as a firefighter and the obstacles they face on the job. One display honors a group of firefighters who lost their lives when a propane tank exploded. The museum is run by volunteers with no admission fee and it is a great place to take the kids as well as anyone interested in what real heroes do.
Located in North Tonawanda between Buffalo and Niagara Falls, this is the only historic carousel factory in the nation. The museum opened in 1983 and is located within the original Allan Herschell Company factory, which began operating in 1916. A National Historic Site, the building is now divided into seven connected areas demonstrating such things as woodcarving, horse restoration, and two original carousels. The museum also sponsors programs including a summer Sunday series featuring youth theater, puppets, and magic. Check websites for varying dates.
Eden, NY is where people can find the 'Kazoo Capital of the World' because it is home to the only metal kazoo factory in existence. Established in 1916, the working factory still has its original equipment that churn out kazoos and for nearly a century, these membranophones have been made this way. Tours are self-guided, but groups of six or more can request a guided tour. Inside the museum, visitors can see and buy kazoos of all shapes and sizes. Also located in front is the boutique shop which features jewelry, books, toys, cards and of course, more kazoos.