City of Salida Receives Grant to Restore Kissel

The Colorado State Historical Fund awarded a grant in the amount of $60,000 to the City of Salida to restore the 1911 Kissel fire truck that has been owned by the city since September 7, 1912.   The estimated cost to restore the Kissel is a total of $80,000, $20,000 of which is the City’s contribution of 25%.  Of that $20,000 the City budgeted $7,500 and the remaining $12,500 was acquired through fund raising efforts over the last two years.

The next step in the process is to enter into a contract with the State Historical Fund. It could take 2 to 4 months for them to approve the contract and then they will establish start and end dates for the project.

When the start and end dates of the restoration have been established, the truck will be taken to Reliance Fire Museum in Estes Park, CO where owner Doug Klink and is crew will begin the restoration process of the 1911 Kissel fire truck.

The Kissel was the first motorized fire truck owned by the City. The truck was in service from 1912 to April of 1942. For many years, this truck was a parade favorite in Salida until the engine began to overheat.  The City would like to thank everyone that donated and gave their time towards this great project.

Please contact Doug Bess with any questions or concerns that you may have at 719-539-2212 or by email