Sonora in Tuolumne County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Sonora Fountain was first erected in 1904 in the center of Washington Street, 75 feet northerly of its present location. Cast in an East Coast foundry, it was purchased by the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and used for many years as a watering trough for horses.
In 1928, it was accompanied by a stone monument to the Mark Twain – Bret Harte Trail in the center of Washington Street at Stockton Road. For more than 30 years, the fountain and stone monument framed a line of diagonal parking in the center of the street. Removed in 1959, both have been restored to this location in 1998.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Architecture • Arts, Letters, Music • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1904.
Location. 37° 58.922′ N, 120° 22.921′ W. Marker is in Sonora, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is at the intersection of South Washington Street and Church Street, on the right when traveling north on South Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sonora CA 95370, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 Sonora (within shouting distance of this marker); Sonora Opera Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); First Two-Story House in Sonora (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Sonora Plaza Well (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sonora Inn (about 400 feet away); City Hotel (about 500 feet away); Sugg House (about 600 feet away); First Home of Wells Fargo & Company in Sonora (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sonora.
Regarding Sonora Fountain. See Nearby Marker Sonora for additional information on the Mark Twain-Bret Harte Trail.
I was pleased to discover that there is a restored WCTU Fountain in Sonora - so near to my birthplace in Oakdale and very near my mother's birthplace (above Phoenix Lake) just 100 years ago.
Paul B. Scott, President
Board of Trustees
Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Southern CA
— Submitted June 24, 2010, by Paul B. Scott of Glendale, California.
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