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Kids fought to find Madera’s fountain

For The Madera Tribune

Proof that Madera had an alternative to demon rum on the corner of D Street Yosemite.


A long time ago, as I drove past that old W.C.T.U. water fountain on the corner of Yosemite and D Street, a memory from our past came to mind. It included a couple of kids from Sierra Vista School, both of whom must be past 30 years old by now. One was Zach Pruitt, and the other was Antonio Ramirez.

Thanks to their curiosity and persistence and some help from some local politicians, Madera’s lost landmark water fountain was found and finally brought home.

The Women’s Christian Temperance Union monument, which looms large in the memories of lots of long-time Maderans, was reinstalled on its original site at the corner of Yosemite Avenue and D Street after being missing for quite a spell.


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