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Slatington, Pennsylvania: Fireman's Drinking Fountain

A full color statue of an old-fashioned fireman, erected in 1910, still stands at the north end of town, which keeps the statue in good repair. The fireman stands atop a drinking fountain for horses and dogs.

Main St., Slatington, PA
North end of town, where Hwy 873/Main St. bends from northbound to eastbound.
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Fireman's Drinking Fountain

While visiting the Fireman Drinking Fountain, we met a nice guy -- Spankey -- who runs the '50s ice cream shop, Darla's, up the hill. He told us the fireman statue was hit by a car and that the original statue was actually in the town's cemetery.

We drove up to the top of the hill, and sure enough, there was a monument to firemen just like the one in town, but made of stone. The cemetery is about 3/4 of a mile up the hill from the fireman drinking fountain just past Cemetery St. on the right. You can see the monument from the road but why not stop by.

[Suzette, 11/22/2013]

Fireman's drinking fountain.

Fireman's Drinking Fountain

A 12-foot-tall statue of a 1909 fireman holding a child and a lantern is above the fountain. The statue was intended to be symbol of volunteer service, vigilance, and humanity. It does not memorialize a deceased firefighter, but instead honors the living as well as the spirit of voluntary service in the Slatington region.

[Lynette, 11/15/2013]

The statue was erected in April 1910 atop a big water trough for horses and a little one for dogs. It was fully restored in 2002. A big bell behind it belonged to the local firehouse that still regularly cleans the statue.

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