Great Barrington, Massachusetts: World's Oldest Paperboy Statue

Dedicated on October 10, 1895. The world's first tribute to the hardworking (and now obsolete) newsboy. Its accompanying fountain was restored in 2003, complete with a devil's head drinking fountain.

Address:
Newsboy Monument Lane, Great Barrington, MA
Directions:
Southwest of town. On the northbound side of Hwy 23/41, a half-mile south of its intersection with US Hwy 7.
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Vintage postcard image of the Newsboy Fountain.

Newsboy Fountain

This bronze-skinned waif stands proudly as the world's oldest newsboy statue. The monument was erected in 1895 by Colonel William L. Brown, who owned a summer home in the neighborhood and was part-owner of the first New York Daily News (no relation to the tabloid of today). The statue's base features fountainheads for dogs, cats, horses (lion's head) and people (devil's head).

The statue was restored in 1995, just months before a devastating tornado toppled trees all around it. But the Newsboy survived,and was honored on his 100th birthday in October, 1995.

[Gary Leveille, 08/24/2008]

The statue was dedicated on October 10, 1895; restored in 1995; and then its fountain was restored in 2003.

Paperboy Monument

South off Rt 23/41, just west of Rt 7, is a monument topped by a paperboy statue.

[Jay Koonz, 02/14/2004]

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