Dunsmuir in Siskiyou County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Alexander Dunsmuir Fountain
Originally, Dunsmuir was called Pusher because of the need to use helper engines to move trains north due to the heavy 2.2% grade and a 14 degree curve at Cantara Loop between Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta.
The original fountain was built near the railroad depot, however Alexander Dunsmuir never saw it completed. It was dismantled in the 60's by the Southern Pacific Railroad. In the early 70's a new basin was created from the original plans, and the fountain was relocated here at the entrance to the Dunsmuir City Park and Botanical Gardens.
Location. 41° 13.482′ N, 122° 16.631′ W. Marker is in Dunsmuir, California, in Siskiyou County. Marker can be reached from Dunsmuir Avenue north of Siskiyou Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4841Dunsmuir Avenue, Dunsmuir CA 96025, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Locomotive 1727 (about 300 Babe Ruth Played Here (about 300 feet away); Upper Soda Springs (approx. ¼ mile away); Dunsmuir World War Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Battle Rock (approx. 5.8 miles away); Berryvale Post Office (approx. 6.3 miles away); Strawberry Valley Stage Station (approx. 6.4 miles away); Mt. Shasta Herald (approx. 6½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dunsmuir.
Also see . . .
1. Who was Alexander Dunsmuir? A man, a town, a promise, a fountain. An examination of the story of Alexander Dunsmuir's offer to provide the town a fountain in exchange for having the town named after him. Contemporary evidence provided would suggest that basic story is mostly true, if not perhaps muddled somewhat. (Submitted on February 25, 2011.)
2. Dunsmuir's History. The Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce's history of the town, as told by a virtual walking tour in 1927, and illustrated with period postcards, including one of the fountain in its original location at the railroad depot. (Submitted on February 25, 2011.)
3. Alex: the other Dunsmuir son is little remembered in tributes. An article by T.W. Paterson for the Cowichan Valley Citizen (10/22/10) noting the relative lack of historical recognition for Alexander Dunsmuir, and connecting it to his personal and family difficulties: "... As manager of the San Francisco office, where the bulk and best of Vancouver Island coal was sold, Alexander found himself for the first time his own boss....He began to drink....By the time the family realized that he had a problem it was too late. He would, in fact, die of acute alcohol poisoning at the age of 46." (Submitted on February 25, 2011.)
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