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California Volunteers, Spanish-American War Memorial - San Francisco, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
N 37° 46.133 W 122° 25.610
10S E 550480 N 4180327
Quick Description: A memorial to the California Volunteers in the Spanish-American War Memorial stands on a median strip of Dolores Street at the intersection Market Street in San Francisco, California.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 9/14/2009 9:42:50 AM
Waymark Code: WM77G7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 10

Long Description:
A memorial sculpture by artist Douglas Tilden to the California Volunteers in the Spanish-American War Memorial stands on a median strip of Dolores Street at the intersection Market Street in San Francisco, California.

The inscription on the side of the base reads:

ERECTED BY
THE CITIZENS OF SAN FRANCISCO
IN HONOR
OF THE
CALIFORNIA VOLUNTEERS
SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR
1898
"FIRST TO THE FRONT"

Douglas Tilden, lost his hearing at age five due to scarlet fever. He has been called the "Michelangelo of the West".

A biographical web site, describes the statue:

At the end of the Spanish-American War, when the troops returned, San Franciscans went wild. Sixty-five thousand dollars was raised, $25,000 of which was allocated for a memorial. Douglas Tilden won the national competition. California Volunteers, a bronze work sixteen feet high and ten feet long mounted atop a granite base ten feet high, stands at the corner of Market and Dolores Streets. The monument shows an American soldier, with pointed gun in one hand and a sword in the other, standing over a fallen comrade, a cannon nearby. Above them the goddess of war, Bellona, is astride the winged horse Pegasus.

Type of memorial: Statue

Location: Median Strip Plaza of Dolores Street at Intersection with Market Street, San Francisco

Public or private: Public

Who placed it?: Citizens of San Francisco

When was it placed?: 1903

Visit Instructions:
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