The Hiker Statue - Wakefield, MA
Posted by: neoc1
N 42° 30.332 W 071° 04.309
19T E 329778 N 4707987
Quick Description: The Hiker is located on the town common in an area known as the Rockery in Wakefield.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 10/2/2011 6:05:59 AM
Waymark Code: WMCQ40
The Hiker is a Spanish American War Monument in the center of Wakefield. In 1926, a statue of a Spanish-American War soldier, created by Theo Kitson, was added to a public space known as the Rockery in front of a fountain. The statue honors the citizens of Wakefield citizens who took part in the Spanish-American War.
A soldier, in period uniform, is holding a rifle horizontally in front of him. The barrel is facing to his left. His shirt sleeves are rolled up, his pants are tucked into his boots, and he is wearing a broad-brimmed hat. He has an ammunition belt around his waist and a knapsack on his back. The sculpture is installed in front of a fountain and large fieldstone wall known as the Rockery.
A plaque beneath the statue is inscribed:
THIS MONUMENT ERECTED
TOWN OF WAKEFIELD
TO COMMEMORATE THE VALOR
AND PATRIOTISM OF THE MEN OF THIS
TOWN WHO SERVED IN THE WAR WITH
SPAIN, PHILIPPINE INSURRECTION AND
CHINA RELIEF EXPEDITION 1898-1902
DEDICATED OCTOBER 1, 1926
UNDER THE AUSPICES OF
CORPORAL CHARLES F. PARKER CAMP NO. 39
UNITED SPANISH WAR VETERANS
DEPARTMENT OF MASSACHUSETTS