Lotta’s Fountain

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On September 9, 1875, actress Lotta Crabtree gifted to the city of San Francisco a golden fountain that still stands today. It’s only appropriate that the entertainer known then as “the Nation’s Darling” should donate such a lasting beloved monument to the city. Lotta’s Fountain is still a relevant piece of SF history, as it served as a meeting point during the Great Quake of 1906. Annual commemorations of the earthquake occur in the present day, as historically informed citizens gather at Lotta’s Fountain each year at 5:12 a.m. on April 18. Situated at Market and Geary, the cast iron fountain serves as a nice vantage point for the also-historic Palace Hotel nearby. Lotta’s Fountain was restored in 1999 to its original appearance.

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Market Street at Kearny
San Francisco 94105


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