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Fresno, California: Boy and the Boot (Gone)

The Boy with the Leaking Boot arrived in Fresno as a public drinking fountain, purchased by the Salvation Army so that children would not be tempted to enter saloons for a drink of water. A replacement Boy, cast in 1947, was a copy of the 1895 original. It disappeared in 2023.

On the east side of Tulare St., midway between L and M Sts, in a sunken patio set back from the street.
June 2023: gone

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Boy and the Boot

No longer there.

[Bernice, 07/27/2023]

The outdoor Boy was a 1947 replacement; the 1895 original is inside the Fresno County Historical Museum. Maybe the 1947 Boy will wind up there, too.

Boy with the boot.

Boy and the Boot Statue

Looks like he's under repair. Statue is in the courtyard of the Fresno County plaza. [Kim Wheeler, 03/31/2013]

Boy with the Boot.

Boy with the Leaking Boot

Boy with the leaking boot is located in a courtyard at 2220 Tulare St.

[Joe Boulter, 03/12/2009]
Boy with the Leaking Boot Fountain

The Boy with the Leaking Boot fountain was erected in 1895, and paid for largely by public subscription and donations, with the city kicking in $500. It stood in that location, but was moved in 1921.

Ensuing vandalism resulted in the statue being stored a few years later, but in 1947 it was recast in bronze by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. It was re-erected in a different location, and in 1954 it was moved again. Vandals struck again, and in 1969 the statue was back in storage.

In 1997 it was again restored, and placed in the Fresno County Plaza, in a place it will likely be safer and able to stay for the foreseeable future.

[Donna Rosetta-Hansen, 10/14/2008]

There are other Boys with Leaking Boots.

Boy with the Leaking Boot

A Boy with Boot statue is located near the County of Fresno's Plaza building in downtown Fresno. It's been in the City a while, not sure how long.

[Josh Foerschler, 05/22/2007]

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