(🗿342) The Diehl Fountain in Frederick Maryland. The inscription does a good job of telling the story of an bygone statue dedicated to a local woman. It was originally dedicated in 1911 and commissioned by the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. They went with an allegory, Hebe the Greek goddess of youth. The statue had become out of fashion by the 1940s when cars became more popular than horses, so the horse troughs on the fountain became obsolete. It would be taken down in the late 40s and remain in hiding until it was restored and placed in the garden of Steiner House, the headquarters of the Frederick Women’s Civic Club. But there the old one lol this is the new memorial fountain and relief, complete with dog fountain found under the bridge by the local library. It was completed by Charles C. Crum III in 2006. Included are some classic pics and the inscription below.
The Original Memorial, Unveiled On August 17, 1911 / Was Dedicated To The Humane Efforts Of Marie Diehl (1855-1907) / A Founder Of The Frederick Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals / Now The Frederick Humane Society.
The 12-Foot Tall Monument Depicted Hebe, The Greek Goddess / Of Youth And Spring, And Featured Drinking Fountains “For Man And Beast.” / In Addition To A Fountain For People, There Was A Large Basin For Horses / And Two On The Sides For Dogs And Cats.
The Bas-Relief Here Portrays The Original Memorial Where It Stood / At The Corner Of Church And Court Streets. And, In That Monument’s Tradition / These Fountains Are “To Furnish Refreshing Drink” To The Citizens Of Frederick / And Their Beloved Animals.
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