Carlsbad in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Capt. John A. Frazier
July 18, 1833 - July 16, 1899
Several wealthy men from the midwest jointed him in founding the city of Carlsbad, California. They built on this property a beautiful 85-room hotel and spa that drew thousands from across the United States until the hotel burned down in 1895. The mineral water continued to be bottled and sold all over the country.
In 1930, the luxurious 130-room California-Carlsbad Mineral Springs Hotel & Spa was built across the street from this spot and the health resort was visited by many famous people.
The mineral water made Carlsbad world famous for many years until the Great Depression, and because of lack of maintenance, the wells broke down.
The water was untapped from then until restoration of the mineral springs was begun in June 1993 by Kay Christiansen and Ludvik & Veronicia Grigoras. The mineral springs was reopened, after 110 years, during a ceremony on July 24, 1994. An official delegation from our European Sister
Barbour Corp, Cetco, Inc., Diversified Well Products, Inc., Environmental Engineering Laboratory, Grundfos Pump Corp., Hygroscope Prod. Inc., Morrison Drilling, Schucard Assoc. Inc., Swyco Inc., Quality Assurance Laboratory, West Hazmat Inc.
This statue of Capt. John A. Frazier was created in Europe by Vaclay Lokvenc, a renowned sculptor and the former mayor of Karlovy Varv (Karlsbad), Czech Republic, who signed a sister city agreement with Carlsbad, California, in 1991. Mr. Lokvenc donated his skill and time to the project, declining payment for his work.
The statue is over 10 feet tall, weighs over 1,000 pounds, took about 1,000 hours to construct and is made of bronze plate.
The cost of materials, installation, and transportation for the statue was covered by donations from many citizens, companies, and organizations.
Helen Allman, Marge Blaine & Helen Champoux, Dennis Brandmeyer, Carlsbad Historical Society, Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort, California Lutheran Homes, Kate Christiansen, Continental Litho, Paul & Charlene Frazier, Orpha Froblow & Georges Megroz,
Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad), Czech Republic
Dedicated December 4, 1994
Location. 33° 9.594′ N, 117° 21.127′ W. Marker is in Carlsbad, California, in San Diego County. Marker is at the intersection of Carlsbad Boulevard and Christiansen Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Carlsbad Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2802 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad CA 92008, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Michael's By-the-Sea Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Carlsbad by the Sea Retirement Community (within shouting distance of this marker); Twin Inns (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carlsbad Santa Fe Depot (about 700 feet away); The Magee House (about 700 feet away); The Carlsbad Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Twin Inns Gazebo (approx. 0.2 miles away); Relocating the Gazebo (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlsbad.
Also see . . . Carlsbad History - Carlsbad Magazine. Carlsbad started as a whistle stop on the new California Southern Railroad. In the 1880s, John Frazier, a former ship's captain, dug a fresh-water well that came to be used for thirsty locomotives. The stop became known as Frazier's Station. Frazier dug another well that produced mineral water. The water was analyzed and found equal in mineral content to one of Europe's most popular health spas, Karlsbad, Bohemia (now Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic). Later, Carlsbad was renamed Carl for a time because of confusion with Carlsbad, New Mexico, on train schedules and because of hysteria during World War I. Popular demand restored the former name. (Submitted on December 30, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 29, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.