Oakland in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Latham Memorial Fountain Unveiled
They boiled Mr. Latham’s letters from the US-Mexican war, documents from his brokerage business, and his love of local zoological gardens. They boiled the vegetarian cookbook Mrs. Latham authored, her watercolors of California, and the stories she told of the gold rush. They boiled their parent’s early accounts of Oakland, their home on 17th and Jackson, and their animal rights activism. Finally, the boiled their father’s death
The morning the fountain arrived Mayor Mott admired its beauty and utility. There were bronze carvings of wheat and angels, four troughs of pink Maine granite, and drinking spouts for citizens, beasts and birds. Memory water for the fountain arrived by train from the children. The city integrated the liquid into the memorial’s system and all waited for the history to begin touring the streets from the mouths of current residents. On April 12, 1913 the Latham Memorial Fountain officially entered the landscape and the soft sounds of men and women, horses and birds sipping water concluded the dedication ceremony.
Block Gallery and the Downtown Oakland Association are pleased to present Latham Memorial Fountain Unveiled, a site-specific text installation by Kari Marboe. With a unique style, Marboe tells the story of how the fountain came to be in Latham Square using history form the Oakland Public Library. This work focuses on the structure of the memorial fountain artwork and how citizens
This is a free public installation, opening November 1, 2013 and will be on display until April 2014.
Erected 2013 by Block Gallery and the Downtown Oakland Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1929.
Location. 37° 48.338′ N, 122° 16.242′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Telegraph Avenue near Broadway, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley CA 94705, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Uptown Saturday Night (a few steps from this marker); Crossroads (a few steps from this marker); General Strike! (a few steps from this marker); Latham Square (a few steps from this marker); The Lathams (a few steps from this marker); 1946 General Strike (within shouting distance of this marker); Oakland City Hall (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of College of California (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
More about this marker. This marker is located across from the small triangular park where the Latham Memorial Fountain is located.
Also see . . . Oakland Wiki link about metal thieves stealing portions of the fountain. In February 2012, thieves stole two of the statue’s four 200-lb. (Submitted on October 13, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 31, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 624 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 31, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. 6. submitted on October 13, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.