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Old Beacon Street Fountain

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638 S. Beacon St. Los Angeles, CA 90731
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Best Public Drinking Fountain, August 2012

Plumber Luther Haws invented the drinking fountain in 1906 and installed the first one at a school in Northern California. Soon after, a fine neoclassical bubbler known as the Old Beacon Street Fountain, with vertical fluting and a Greek key pattern, appeared along the booming San Pedro waterfront. The rough-and-tumble saloons, flophouses, and colorful nightlife of the area disappeared by the 1970s, but the white cast-iron column remains among the memorials and monuments of Pepper Tree Park. Even with a few nicks and stains, the ancient amenity provides a sip of history with an ocean view. » 638 S. Beacon St., San Pedro.

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