LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- A 1916 Model "T" fire engine sits inside the Big Red Fire Museum in Louisville.
It's one of many authentic vehicles you can see at the museum.
The museum is the concept of the late businessman W.A. "Bill" Taylor, Junior.
"He had a passion for it when he was a child and started collecting all different types and various types of fire equipment, arrowheads, planes and trains, " said his son, Robert Taylor.
Ken Spellman volunteers at the museum and his passion is obvious.
"One day that door was open and I went in here and was amazed. I asked if I could polish the brass. That's how I got involved," said Spellman.
It's estimated the items are worth $2.5 million and maintaining the equipment takes a lot of work and patience.
"I have to keep this stuff polished and cleaned. I come in here three or four times a week," Spellman said.
Inside you'll find an 1888 Silsby, 1890 water tower and a 1931 Ford Model "A" fire chief truck.
"We have one of the only fire museums in Mississippi. Especially if your are a fire truck lover. But, even if you are not, there are a lot of things in there you would find interesting," said Chamber of Commerce/Main Street Director Linda Skelton.
"My passion is when I come in here in the morning and I turn on these lights on and there's the big red fire truck. I love this place," Spellman added.
If you would like to schedule a visit call 662-773-3421.