Stevens Point in Portage County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Boy with the Leaking Boot
A Tragic History
Around 1910, a horse-drawn wagon struck the watering trough on which he stood. The Boy lost his boot and his lower legs as he crashed to the hoof trampled earth. In that hopeless condition, he was carted off to a nearby slough. Within a year the Boy was rescued by two local Fire Fighters who repaired him, gave him an iron snake to hold aloft and set him up on his knees in a flower bed outside the old north side fire station. There he remained, holding onto various objects until 1967, when he was moved to the basement of the newly-built fire
In July of 1975, after a concerted effort by Stevens Point Fire Fighters and several local people, our Boy was given a fine new place to stand. With fresh paint, lower legs of concrete, a pedestal and a pool, he stood once again holding aloft a leaking boot.
Early on October 15, 1988, vandals pushed the Boy off his pedestal into the pool. The impact decapitated him and tore a three inch wide hole in his chest.
A fund drive for restoration raised $1,300. Many local people offered their skills to do the repairs. Machinist John Becker of Milladore, Wisconsin was hired to complete a restoration of the Boy to his original condition. The aid of a metallurgist helped Becker determine that sand, pewter, white-based metal and old welding rods were among the materials originally used in the statue. Using photographs of similar statues, Becker attempted to recreate every stitch and wrinkle that had been obliterated by nearly a century of history. He even went so far as to recast the Boy's lower legs and leaky boot.
On June 30, 1989, after 400 hours of painstaking work by Becker and his employees, our Boy was returned to his place in front of the Fire Station, to be watched over by his friends at the Fire Department.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Man-Made Features
Location. 44° 31.613′ N, 89° 34.473′ W. Marker is in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, in Portage County. Marker is on Division Street (Business U.S. 51) south of Franklin Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is at the front of Stevens Point Fire Department Station 1. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1701 Franklin Street, Stevens Point WI 54481, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Stanislaus Church World War II Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Portage County Civil War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); First Public Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Public Square (approx. 0.6 miles away); Saint Peter Church War Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Airborne Forces Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.7 miles away); Stevens Point — Gateway to the Pineries (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Historic Southside Railroad Complex of Stevens Point (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stevens Point.
More about this marker. Lyman Rowe, Sr. and Herman Krembs were the two Fire Fighters that rescued the Boy from the slough and repaired him.
Source: Stevens Point Daily Journal article
Also see . . .
1. Fire Department Boy With The Boot Statue. Fire Department Website. (Submitted on January 13, 2010.)
2. The Boy with the Leaking Boot. Wikipedia entry; locations of other statues. (Submitted on January 13, 2010.)
3. Boy and the Boot. Roadside America; locations of other statues. (Submitted on January 13, 2010.)
4. Leaking Boot (Submitted on January 13, 2010.)
Additional keywords. The Boy with the Leaky Boot
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,080 times since then and 41 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week January 31, 2010. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 13, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 4. submitted on July 22, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.