Uncover Our Story

Buckskin Bill rides the Baton Rouge Fire Department’s “Old 1923” in a parade. Physical rights are retained by the Baton Rouge Fire Department. Copyright is retained in accordance with U. S. copyright laws.

Our Mission Statement:

At the Robert A. Bogan Fire Museum, our mission is to honor the heroic legacy of firefighters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and to inspire a deeper understanding and appreciation for their selfless service. Through captivating exhibits, educational programs, and engaging experiences, we strive to preserve the rich history of firefighting and share the stories of those who have dedicated their lives to protecting our community. We are committed to fostering fire safety awareness, celebrating the bravery and sacrifice of firefighters, and creating an immersive environment that educates, enlightens, and ignites a passion for fire safety among visitors of all ages. Our museum serves as a beacon of respect, gratitude, and inspiration, ensuring that the remarkable contributions of firefighters are forever remembered and celebrated.

historical Significance:

Date of Construction: 1924

Classification: Major Significance

The history of organized fire-fighting in Baton Rouge dates to 1825 when a bucket brigade was organized, according to Mark T. Carleton in BATON ROUGE. By 1891 the Baton Rouge Fire Department consisted of six organized companies containing 350 volunteer members. The Old Bogan Central Station has been used as a stable for Washington #1 Firehouse located on Fourth Street as well as the central fire station. The hose drying tower still stands at the rear of the property and was not renovated as part of recent work. Historically the building is of valid significance. Architecturally the original Art Moderne styling and recent renovation for the Arts and Humanities Council has left a building of major significance. Because of an unfortunate contemporary facade remodeling, the building has no architectural significance. It is historically significant due to its historical use as Washington Fire Station #1 and as the Mayor’s office. It also is believed to have housed the first public library in Baton Rouge.

then an now: