Historical Society unveils historic fire horn

Historical Society unveils historic fire hornFrom left former volunteer firemen Lew Allbright (with 28 years of service) and Larry Rizzardini (with 17 years) plus sterling craftsmen Tony McCoy, Skip Gorman and Ramon Cazares celebrate the renovation and display of a historic emergency firehorn that perched on a side roof of the Historic USO Building from 1947 through the early 1970s to call Ridgecrest’s volunteer firemen into action. The firehorn is now perched beside Ridgecrest’s original Kern County firehouse now used to store and sort artifacts belonging to the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert. The horn now gleams through Gorman’s restoration efforts, while McCoy created new vents and windows for the adjacent structure and Cazares did all the concrete work and much more to restore the grounds. — Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2018-08-03