Sandusky in Erie County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Boy with the Boot
Erected by The Old House Guild of Sandusky.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Landmarks. A significant historical year for this entry is 1895.
Location. 41° 27.272′ N, 82° 42.704′ W. Marker is in Sandusky, Ohio, in Erie County. Marker is on West Washington Street (U.S. 6) east of Jackson Street, on the right when traveling east. It is in Washington Park in front of the Erie County courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sandusky OH 44870, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “The Early Birds” (a few steps from this marker); Sandusky / Erie County (a few steps from this marker); Jury of Erie County Women / Erie County Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured Old Sandusky Post Office (about 400 feet away); This Concretion (about 500 feet away); Erie County Jail / Sandusky Library (about 600 feet away); Kilbourne Plat (about 700 feet away); Grace Episcopal Church (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandusky.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for The Boy with the Leaking Boot. Excerpts:
The Boy with the Leaking Boot is a statue showing a young boy, with a bare right foot, holding up his right boot and looking at it. The statue is about 4 feet tall, and in many cases forms a fountain, with water emerging from the toe of the boot. There are at least 24, and reportedly “hundreds” of examples. The origins of the statue are obscure. The boy is reported to be a young Italian newspaper seller who drowned, or an American army drummer-boy who carried water in his leaking boot to help fallen comrades, or a young fire-fighter either using his boot in a bucket chain or emptying his boot after an incident, or possibly none of these. The statue has also been called The Boy with the Leaky Boot, Boy Immigrant and Unfortunate Boot.(Submitted on October 29, 2019.)
... the “original”
Among the earliest statues is that in Sandusky, Ohio, where it stood in front of the Porter House hotel on the shore of Lake Erie. The original zinc statue was brought from Germany in 1876 by a prominent local couple, Mr and Mrs Voltaire Scott. After cyclone damage and several incidences of vandalism, the statue was moved to the lobby of the local City Hall, and a replacement bronze was installed in a fountain in Washington Park.
2. The Story of “The Boy with the Leaking Boot”. This archived set of web pages from the United Kingdom has photographs of many Boys with the Leaking Boot. (Submitted on October 29, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 113 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 29, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.