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Roseburg in Douglas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

The Hebe Fountain

 
 
The Hebe Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, February 6, 2016
1. The Hebe Fountain Marker
Inscription. The original Hebe Fountain was a joint project of the 1895 Mental Culture Club (now known as the Roseburg Woman's Club) and the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Providing water for horses, dogs, and humans, the fountain stood in the intersection of Cass and Main streets. The dedication of the fountain took place on September 30, 1908.

Numerous Hebe figures used on WCTU fountains throughout the United Stated. The Roseburg Hebe fountain was part of that tradition. Many are still in existence. However on April 3, 1912 a runaway team of horses struck the fountain flinging the statue twenty feet on to the street. The wisdom of replacing the fountain in the same intersection was never resolved, and the statue disappeared.

As part of a Roseburg Town Center historic restoration, Bob Heaton, a local history teacher promoted the replacement of Roseburg's Hebe fountain in newly refurbished Eagles Park, a location under consideration in 1908. In March 2002 the city Park Commission voted to recommend that a replica statue of Hebe be placed in Eagles Park and the Roseburg City Council agreed.

Hebe is a metaphor for youth and thirst. The original sculpture was created by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844). Thorvaldsen did both Classical and Christian sculpture. The contemporary Hebe sculpture was cast
The Hebe Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, February 6, 2016
2. The Hebe Fountain Marker
from molds made from the original figure which now stands in the Thorvaldsen Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark.
 
Location. 43° 12.43′ N, 123° 20.732′ W. Marker is in Roseburg, Oregon, in Douglas County. Marker is at the intersection of SE Lane Ave and SE Jackson St, on the right when traveling south on SE Lane Ave. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Roseburg OR 97470, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 'The Blast' Site (approx. ¼ mile away); The Mill-Pine Historic Neighborhood District (approx. ¼ mile away); Douglas County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Courthouse Elm (approx. 0.3 miles away); Welcome to Southern Oregon (approx. 0.3 miles away); Medal of Honor Recipients Moon Tree (approx. 1.7 miles away); Pinot Noir (approx. 9 miles away); History of the (grist) Wheel (approx. 12.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roseburg.
 
More about this marker. Marker is located in a small plaza known as Eagles Park.
 
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The Hebe Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, February 6, 2016
3. The Hebe Fountain
The Hebe Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, February 6, 2016
4. The Hebe Fountain
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 17, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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