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San Juan Bautista in San Benito County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Safety Follows Wisdom

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2009
1. Safety Follows Wisdom Marker
Inscription.  
Portland Cement Association
Safety Trophy Award
Ideal Cement Compamy
San Juan Bautista, California for a
Perfect Safety Record in 1960

 
Erected by Portland Cement Association.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the "Safety Follows Wisdom" Portland Cement Association Safety Trophies marker series.
 
Location. 36° 50.682′ N, 121° 32.342′ W. Marker is in San Juan Bautista, California, in San Benito County. Marker is on Fourth Street. Marker located at Abbey Park. Park located at southeast corner of 4th and Muckelemi Streets in San Juan Bautista. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Juan Bautista CA 95045, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fremont Peak (within shouting distance of this marker); City of San Juan Bautista (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Settler's Cabin (about 700 feet away); Native Daughters Adobe (about 700 feet away); De Anza Expedition 1775 – 1776
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By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2009
2. Safety Follows Wisdom Marker
(about 700 feet away); Progress Becomes History (about 800 feet away); Veterans of the World War (approx. 0.2 miles away); El Camino Real Bell (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Juan Bautista.
 
Regarding Safety Follows Wisdom. Near identical markers, also erected starting in the mid-1920s, still stand in many small cement communities around America. The practice of awarding these monuments was abandoned during the 1980s, when costs became prohibitive.
Source: "Safety Follows Wisdom" marker - East Fultonham, Ohio, Submitted by William Fischer, Jr., October 2, 2008
 
Also see . . .  The Portland Cement Safety Awards. The first “Safety Follows Wisdom” Trophy (or Monument) was awarded to the San Antonio Portland Cement Company in San Antonio, Texas during the Associations Spring Meeting in May 1924. Prior to 1923, a competition was held to create the “Safety Follows Wisdom” design, and the winner was a small team of artists from the Art Institute in Chicago working under the guidance of well-known sculptor, Albin Polasek. That same safety
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By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2009
3. Safety Follows Wisdom Marker
design is still used in the Safety Awards presented today. (Submitted on January 15, 2009.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Ideal Cement Company
Ideal Cement operated a Quarry at the base of San Juan Mountain from 1926 to 1973.
    — Submitted January 15, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
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Close Up of Sculpture-Artwork on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2009
4. Close Up of Sculpture-Artwork on Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,220 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 15, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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