Admission's Day Statue, San Francisco

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Monument · Hidden Gem · Landmark
The Admission Day Monument is an 1897 sculpture by Douglas Tilden, located at the intersection of Market Street and Montgomery Street in San Francisco, California, United States. It commemorates California Admission Day (September 9, 1850), the date on which the state became part of the Union, following the Mexican-American war of 1848.Other names for the sculpture include Admission Day, the Admission Day Fountain, the California Admissions Day Monument, Native Son Monument, Native Sons' Monument, Native Sons Monument, and Phelan Fountain.HistoryThe work was commissioned from Douglas Tilden by Mayor James D. Phelan, who paid the $12,000 cost of the monument. The monument was announced in November 1895 as "an opportunity 'al fresco' in artistic surroundings such as have hitherto been unknown in the far West."Phelan formally presented the monument in a letter to the Board of Supervisors on February 8, 1896. Although the Board was inclined to accept during a meeting on February 17, they asked Phelan for more details, and he responded with three photographs on February 21, and then by filing plans and specifications on February 27. The Board referred the matter to the Committee on Streets, who recommended acceptance at the next Board meeting on March 2. The Board accepted the recommendation and filed Resolution No. 13,902 formally accepting the gift from Phelan and naming it the Phelan Fountain.The monument was unveiled on September 5, 1897 at Market, Turk and Mason Streets, and dedicated to the Native Sons of the Golden West on September 9, 1897. Mayor Phelan insisted that no display, speeches, or parade should accompany the presentation ceremony, and presented the monument to Supervisor Rottanzi, who accepted it on behalf of the citizens of San Francisco at 11:00 a.m.
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  • This 120 year-old bronze statue commemorates California‚Äôs admission to the Union. While not a destination unto itself, if you are walking along Market Street then take a moment to appreciate its...  more »
  • This would be rated higher if it were just in a place where there were more space to appreciate it. Otherwise it's pretty cool
  • Feels a little dangerous at night. Beggers are all around here.

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