Temperance Fountains

     In downtown Washington, DC is a temperance fountain donated to the city in 1884 by Henry Cogswell, a San Francisco dentist and prohibition advocate (he is not known to have been a Prohibition Party candidate, however).  It  soon fell into disrepair, but survives to this day near its original location at Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street, NW.  It was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
     Excellent articles on the Washington, DC Cogswell Fountain maybe found in the Atlas Obscura and in Wikipedia.


Catholic Total Abstinence Fountain, Philadelphia

The large, ornate public fountain in West Fairmount Park was erected in 1876 by the Catholic Total Abstinence Union of America. It was restored by the City in 2016-17 at a cost of more than $600,000, using marble from the original quarry in Italy and granite from Maine. 
     To learn more, click here.


Philadelphia Fountain Society

In addition to these two grand fountains, there are several smaller fountains and horse-watering troughs around the city which were erected by the Philadelphia Fountain Society.  The Society still exists but did not respond to a 2020 enquiry.


Columbian Exposition Fountain (1893)

Anna Gordon, a WCTU member and Superintendent of the Juvenile Department of the WWCTU, raised $1800 from children to construct a bronze fountain at the Chicago World's Fair.  The design was of a little girl offering a cup of water.
     The fountain afterward was moved in front of the Women's Temple in Chicago.


Cogswell Fountain in Pawtucket, Rhode Island

All across America people ridiculed and smashed Henry D. Cogswell’s fountains, but this one survives in downtown Pawtucket.   To learn more, click here.


Tompkins Square Temperance Fountain, Manhattan, New York
A reminder to choose water over wine since 1888.

In 1888, THE LOWER EAST Side’s Moderation Society was very pleased to make the acquaintance of the deep-pocketed Dr. Henry Cogswell of  San Francisco. To learn more, click here.