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Millersburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Daniel Miller Memorial Fountain

 

—Historic Millersburg —

 
Daniel Miller Memorial Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
1. Daniel Miller Memorial Fountain Marker
Inscription. After the 1907 Centennial celebration, the committee decided to use the money that was left after the bills were paid to erect a memorial to Daniel Miller, founder of Millersburg. After the design of a granite fountain was agreed upon, the committee placed an order with the Barre Granite Company of Barre, Vermont. They were to cut the separate parts of the fountain and J.S. Heckert & Son were to assemble the parts and construct the memorial. Where to put the memorial was debated for almost a year. It was finally decided to build a grass plot between East and West parks and place the memorial in the center. In September 1908 the borough council decided to pave the street between the two parks and put curbing around the island. By October 1908 the erection of the fountain was completed. When finished it was eleven feet high with a base eight feet, six inches by ten feet. The pilasters were seven feet from cap to base and the bowl in the center was highly polished granite two feet in diameter and three feet high with a working fountain for drinking. The total weight of the memorial was fifteen tons and the cost was $1,000.

Originally a bust of Daniel Miller or a soldier was to be placed atop the fountain, but money could not be raised for the project.

The Daniel Miller Memorial fountain was dedicated on May 31, 1909, Memorial
Daniel Miller Memorial Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
2. Daniel Miller Memorial Fountain Marker
Day that year, with exercises at the music pavilion in East Park. Mr. Philip Moyer, Sr. gave the address to a crowd of 900 people. S.S. Bowman, chairman of the Centennial committee, made the presentation of the memorial to H.M. Fairchild, the burgess, who accepted on behalf of the borough concil.
 
Erected by Upper Paxton & Millersburg Historical Society.
 
Location. 40° 32.338′ N, 76° 57.661′ W. Marker is in Millersburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street (State Highway 147) and Market Square (U.S. 209), on the right when traveling north on Market Street. Click for map. Located between East and West Parks, in Market Square. Marker is in this post office area: Millersburg PA 17061, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Music Pavilion / Gazebo (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Soldiers Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Millersburg Ferry (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Millersburg Ferry (approx. 1.4 miles away); Dr. Reifsnyder (approx. 2.8 miles away); Fort Halifax
Daniel Miller Memorial Fountain in the Island image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
3. Daniel Miller Memorial Fountain in the Island
(approx. 4.2 miles away); Eisenhower Ancestral Home (approx. 7.1 miles away); Pennsylvania Canal (approx. 7.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Millersburg.
 
More about this marker. Photos on the right side of the marker show the memorial under construction in 1908 and when finished in 1909.
 
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Daniel Miller Memorial Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
4. Daniel Miller Memorial Fountain
The front side reads "In honor of Daniel Miller founder of Millersburg 1807." On the back is "Centennial 1907."
<i>Daniel Miller Memorial Fountain, Millersburg, Pa.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1909
5. Daniel Miller Memorial Fountain, Millersburg, Pa.
This is the same postcard image as presented on the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 867 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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