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Address: Coner of Geary-Market and Kearny Streets, San Francisco, CA
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To commemorate the 1906 Earthquake

There is a gathering each year in front of this fountain to mark the anniversary of th 1906 earthquake. It's a handsome fountain in the middle of downtown, a meeting place.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Thomas V
Oakland, California
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As we were driving in from the airport, we rode by this interesting fountain. I did some research and found it to be called the Lotta’s Fountain. It is located at the intersection of Market Street, where Geary and Kearny Streets connect in downtown San Francisco. The cast-iron fountain was commissioned in 1875 by actress Lotta Crabtree as a gift... More 

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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a gathering each year in front of this fountain to mark the anniversary of th 1906 earthquake. It's a handsome fountain in the middle of downtown, a meeting place.

Thank Thomas V
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This beautiful cast-iron fountain with lion's-head spigots is much more interesting once you know the historical context. It was donated to the city of San Francisco in 1875 by the American actress Lotta Crabtree. Crabtree was one of the the most popular and highest paid actress in the 1870's and 1880's. In the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake, this easily... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

The beautifully restored Lotta’s Fountain was used during the 1906 earthquake and subsequent fires as a meeting point for locals. Over the years, many of the city’s leading political figures have shown up alongside with survivors on the anniversary date to honor and have remembrance events for all those who survived and helped to restore order and rebuilding of the... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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Reviewed 12 May 2016

Ok history buffs - The fountain was commissioned by Lotta Crabtree as a gift to the city of San Francisco. It was dedicated on September 9, 1875. The cast iron fountain served as a meeting point during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and resulting fires, which is commemorated by a metal panel attached to the monument. Very pretty.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 27 January 2016

There's not a whole lot to this memorial to those killed in the great earthquake and fire of 1906. This is the spot where survivors used to gather every year to mark the anniversary of one of the greatest natural disasters in U.S. history. This part of the city was obliterated. The fountain was commissioned by Lotta Crabtree as a... More 

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Beijing, China
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Reviewed 6 August 2015

We took the hop on / off bus and we heard about the importance of this statue but we didn’t get off. We learned it had withstood fires, earthquakes and still remains today thus it is relished by the people of San Francisco and signifies hope and endurance. However, upon closer inspection, it’s really not that pleasing to the eye.... More 

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Reviewed 31 July 2015

We whizzed past this on the Big Bus tour. Lotta's Fountain is regarded as one of the oldest surviving monuments in the city. Donated in 1875 and it survived the earthquake of 1906.

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Reviewed 26 July 2015

This fountain known as Lotta's Fountain is one of the oldest standing landmarks in San Francisco that has withstood earthquakes and time but was recently refurbished as it had been left unkept for years. If you are walking down Market Street you won't miss it...

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Reviewed 24 July 2015

A walk down Market Street from the trolley car turn around to the bay will take history lovers past some nice landmarks; one of them is Lotta's Fountain. I was enchanted by this structure. Unfortunately, it sits at a very busy intersection, making it difficult to photograph. Those who appreciate history will want to pause here.

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