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The College Avenue Fountain

 
 
The College Avenue Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 21, 2019
1. The College Avenue Fountain Marker
Inscription.  In 1907, the fountain at the left in the photograph was donated to the town by the Woman's Literary Club, later known as The State College Woman's Club, at a cost of $152.60. The fountain was to be of the latest design and would provide troughs for the watering of horses, cattle and smaller animals, and a faucet for the accommodation of man.

When College Avenue was paved, the fountain was sold. IT stood by the roadside in Pine Grove Mills for years until Mrs. Helen Atherton Govier, whose mother was a founding member of the Literary Club, rescued it and placed it in her garden at 508 South Atherton Street in State College. The home was sold to the Elsbeth D. and Otto Poschadel family in 1951. Their daughter Dottie's job was to keep the fountain painted silver. Because Dottie and her husband, Chris Roberts, recognized the historical significance of the fountain to the community and the need to preserve it as part of our heritage, they chose our 1996 Centennial Celebration as the time to return the fountain to the community.

The fountain has been restored by State College Borough staff and was presented to the community on
The College Avenue Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 21, 2019
2. The College Avenue Fountain Marker
August 29, 1996.

The original photograph by Heston M. Hill, was donated by his granddaughter, Debbie Day, to The State College Centennial Collection of Historic Photographs.
 
Erected 1996.
 
Location. 40° 47.491′ N, 77° 51.593′ W. Marker is in State College, Pennsylvania, in Centre County. Marker is on South Fraser Street north of West Foster Avenue when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 241 South Fraser Street, State College PA 16801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Memorial Field (a few steps from this marker); State College High School (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dale Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); The State Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hotel State College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Diesel Engineering (approx. 0.2 miles away); Heart-Assist Pump (approx. mile away); Campus View Apartments/Schlow Building (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in State College.
 
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Sponsor plaque image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 21, 2019
3. Sponsor plaque
Dedication plaque on the top of the fountain image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 21, 2019
4. Dedication plaque on the top of the fountain
Steven W. Fletcher
(1875-1971)

An outstanding State College citizen for fifty-six years and president of the Board of Education from 1928 to 1933. His vision and leadership were largely responsible for establishing the concept that centrally located land areas should be set aside for use by all members of the community. This recreational park area is one evidence that his concept has become a reality.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 25 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 22, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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