Lotta's Fountain


Lotta's Fountain has stood  at the intersection of Market and Kearny Streets since 1875
Lotta Crabtree

Lotta Crabtree started singing as a child in dance halls and small theaters around the Gold Rush town of Grass Valley. She honed her skills in San Francisco and went on to tour the country, becoming the highest paid entertainer of her time. She donated this fountain to the city when she was still in her twenties and at the height of her fame.

The Fountain originally provided drinking water for horses and even offered tin cups on chains in case riders wanted a drink.   It quickly became a popular meeting spot.  After the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, people gathered here to get news and search for family and friends. A wreath is laid here every April 18 at 5:16 a.m. to commemorate the victims and survivors of the 1906 disaster and celebrate the rebirth of the city after that disaster.




The fountain is made of cast iron with a bronze finish. The design is based on a lighthouse that was part of one of Lotta's most famous stage sets . Medallions illustrate California's shipping, mining and farming industries.  A plaque commemorates the cold Christmas Eve in 1910, when Luisa Tettrazini sang for the crowd,estimated at over 250,000, gathered at this corner to hear her performance.
Luisa Tettrazini, Christmas Eve 1910




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