"Admission Day"

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1897
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This sculpture was dedicated in 1897 and commissioned by San Francisco’s mayor in honor of California’s admission to the Union. The angel on top is supposed to have been modeled after the artist’s wife, and the open book she carries is inscribed with the date California officially became a state: “September 9, 1850.”

The figure waving the flag below is a miner holding a pickaxe. Originally this sculpture was installed farther down Market at Mason and Turk, but after 51 years it was relocated to Golden Gate Park. When the Native Sons lobbied to have it returned to Market Street, it found its current home in 1977.

Inscriptions:
Front of the base:
“‘The unity of our
Empire hangs on
the decision of
this day’
W.H. Seward
On the admission
of California
U.S. Senate
1850″

Back of the base:
“This fountain
is dedicated to
the Native Sons
of the Golden West
to commemorate
the admission
of California
into the Union
September the ninth
anno domini
MDCCL”

Commissioned By
San Francisco Arts Commission
Location

600 Market Street

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