San Jose, California: William McKinley, Auctioneer of Allegory

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Address:
N. 1st St., San Jose, CA
Directions:
In St. James Park. On the east side of N. 1st St. just south of E. St. James St.
Admission:
Free
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William McKinley statue.

William McKinley, Auctioneer of Allegory

Dedicated in 1902, this statue of the recently-dead President McKinley appears to show him auctioning off the Ten Commandments and a scythe.

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McKinley statue with cannon.

William McKinley, Auctioneer of Allegory

The cannon in front of McKinley is filled with concrete, since a turn-of-the-century prank had kids put cannon ball and ignited a charge that broke the windows at the courthouse across the street! (Cite: San Jose Mercury News)

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