Lotta's Fountain

4.246 Votes Currently Open
  • Address: Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94105, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Time Required: 00:15 Mins
  • Tags: Landmark, Fountain

Lotta Crabtree was an actress, entertainer, comedian and philanthropist during the late 19th century. She was the highest paid actress of her time and was said to have beautiful ankles. Thankful to the city for her success, she gifted it this beautiful fountain of cast-iron and flowing lion heads. But she wouldn’t have guessed just how significant her gift would become.

When the 1906 Earthquake struck, the fountain became a major meeting point for survivors. A plaque now commemorates this, and every year the remaining survivors of the earthquake gather here at 5:12am on April 18. There is also a panel commemorating opera soprano Luisa Tetrazzini, who sang here on the Christmas Eve of 1910. Nearly 250,000 people gathered to hear her sing.

How to Reach Lotta's Fountain

  • Streetcar Line F stop: Market St & 3rd St
  • Buses K-Owl and L-Owl stop: Market St & 3rd St
  • Buses 5, 5R, 6, 7, 7R, 9, 9R, 21, 30, 31, 38, 38R, 45, 800 stop: Market St & 3rd St

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  • Lotta's Fountain Address: Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94105, United States
  • Lotta's Fountain Timing: 24-hrs
  • Time required to visit Lotta's Fountain: 00:15 Mins
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Lotta's Fountain Reviews & Ratings

  • Lotta's fountain is an exciting unless you know the backstory.horses used to drink from here. This was a public water fountain. This fountain has a 1906 earthquake Nexus.

  • A well placed symbol to commemorate the brave men and women of first responders

  • Nice space, a great place to check out at least once

  • A beautiful fountain which was the first part of our SF tour. SF is a very beautiful city that has so much to see and do.

  • Love that it's been renovated. As a native San Franciscan I remember the original before it was fixed for the 100th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake.

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