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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Drinking fountain

In 1904, the Schenectady Women's Christian Temperance Union spent $850 to build this drinking fountain and donate it to the city. The park where it's situated is now called Veteran's Park. Back then it was called Crescent Park; a suitable name, since it's just a sliver of green at the foot of State Street hill, at Lafayette Street.

The WCTU was formed by women worried about the destructive nature of alcoholic drink; they were in favour of moderation in healthy things; total abstinence from those that harm.

Sadly, the fountain is disconnected; no water for the thirsty now.


  1. what a shame it got disconnected

  2. That's a fancy drinking fountain! Sorry to hear it's disconnected now though.


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