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Livermore in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Mills Square Flag Pole

Raised September 9, 1905

 
 
Mills Square Flag Pole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 5, 2009
1. Mills Square Flag Pole Marker
Inscription. Made from one log, originally 126 feet in length. 18 inch diameter at base, 5,300 pounds
Shortened 14 feet in 1959

City of Livermore
Historic Preservation Landmark Site
Dedicated July 1998
 
Erected 1998 by City of Livermore.
 
Location. 37° 40.775′ N, 121° 46.098′ W. Marker is in Livermore, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from South J Street near 3rd Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Livermore CA 94550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carnegie Library (within shouting distance of this marker); First Presbyterian Church Memorial Chapel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); D. F. Bernal Building (about 500 feet away); Veteran's Memorial Building (about 800 feet away); Livermore Flagpole (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bank of Italy Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Livermore Town Hall Jail and Firehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Livermore Southern Pacific Depot (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Livermore.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on the monument at the base of the flagpole in the plaza immediately to east of the
Mills Square Flag Pole image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 5, 2009
2. Mills Square Flag Pole
After 99 years of towering over downtown Livermore , on October 7, 2004, the flagpole was taken down, refurbished, and then reinstalled in Carnegie Park. The historical marker was similarly removed from its original position with the pole and reinstalled with the pole at the new site.
library, in Carnegie Park.
 
Also see . . .  New Location for the Old Flagpole. eLivermore.com's webpage of pictures and history of the Old Flag Pole. Includes photos of the pole at its old and new location, as well as photos of the pole's dedication festivities. (Submitted on April 10, 2009.) 
 
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Mills Square Flag Pole Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 5, 2009
3. Mills Square Flag Pole Dedication Plaque
Directly next to the marker is a dedication plaque, celebrating the pole's centennial:

Restored Flag Pole - Dedicated September 9, 2005
Originally located downtwon at Livermore Avenue and First Street. Taken down on October 7, 2004, due to structural deterioration. Restored to a height of 56 feet, with original gilded ball, rope hook, and pulleys. Rededicated here exactly 100 years from the date when it was first raised.
City of Livermore Historic Preservation Landmark Site
Rededicated September 2005
Mills Square Flag Pole Veteran's Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 5, 2009
4. Mills Square Flag Pole Veteran's Memorial
The flag pole monument includes plaques dedicated to Livermore's veterans. This plaque, the oldest, is mounted to the top of the monument, and reads:

1900 - Memorial - 1917
To Officers and Men of Company I, Fifth Infantry
California National Guard
San Francisco Fire - - 1906
Mt. Tamalpais Fire - - 1911
Mexican Border - - 1916
World War I - - 1917
Dedicated May 10, 1958
Mills Square Flag Pole - WWI and Korean War Memorial Plaques image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 5, 2009
5. Mills Square Flag Pole - WWI and Korean War Memorial Plaques
On the front of the monument are two memorial plaques, reading:
In Memoriam
World War I
Peter Beyer
Walter Baxter
Lawrence Van Horn

and

In Memoriam
Korean War
Edward W. Jansen
Mills Square Flag Pole - WWII Memorial Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 5, 2009
6. Mills Square Flag Pole - WWII Memorial Plaque
On the right side of the monument is a memorial plaque reading:
To Our Hero Dead In World War II
1941 - 1945
City of Livermore pays homage to the memory of those who gave the last full measure of devotion to their country
Peter J. Barthe -- Howard V. Munton
Coyle Hillyard -- Arnold W. Paul
Robert G. Holm -- L. William Reifschneider
Thomas V. Kelly, Jr. -- Ormond B. Smith
Nathan B. Maclean -- Edward F. Teeter
Franklyn W. Mueller -- John R. Thornton
Mills Square Flag Pole - Vietnam Memorial Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 5, 2009
7. Mills Square Flag Pole - Vietnam Memorial Plaque
Mounted on the left side of the monument is a memorial plaque that reads:

"In Memoriam Vietnam Conflict"
Leo Buckholdt -- John C. King
Edward Claeys -- Dennis R. Podgorny
Leonard Erickson -- William Steward
Harlan L. Hahn -- Raymond N. Weber
Reid Isler -- Philip L. Whitney
Dedicated May, 1974
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 2,389 times since then and 128 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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