St. Francis fountain of Mount Rubidoux

at Mount Rubidoux Dr, Riverside, 92507 United States

St. Francis fountain of Mount Rubidoux
Mount Rubidoux Dr
Riverside , CA 92507
United States
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The St. Francis Fountain was placed so that it was on the mount at the visual end of the east side of the bridge over the Santa Ana River. The Inn people called it the St. Francis Shrine. Well, it is a bit more shrine-like in that there is a representation of St. Francis, a religious figure and the representation has suffered severe indignities so that it appears to be a “relic.” The fountain is a combination of huge boulders that were there naturally plus some artificial ones artfully contrived to make an impressive assemblage. For decades – at least from the completion of the previous bridge in 1923 until after the construction of the present bridge in 1931 – the city paid for the connection of the area to the municipal water system, but the construction of the fountain and the purchase of the motor to recirculate the water was paid for by Charles L. Loring. Doubtless Miller furnished the representation of St. Francis which appears above the area of two plaques, now long gone. As indicated by the size of the pipes still extant, there was a substantial flow of water emanating from the dry hillside. It was beautiful and aestehetically pleasing. Some people actually thought this to be a natural spring. A long-ago account in the Riverside Press related how people were collecting the water in plastic bottles to take home. According to DeWitt Hutchings, the Audubon tablet had the following message: St. Francis, the Patron Saint of Birds. He giveth you your wings to fly and breathe a purer air on high, and careth for you everywhere, who for yourselves so little care – Longfellow. Audubon Society Riverside. The Humane Society tablet informs us that, A merciful man is merciful to his beast. Prais’d be my Lord for brother wind and air, and floating clouds, and weather foul and fair, who sustenance thou bid’st all creatures share. – St. Francis. Human Society Riverside. Nearby is a very handsome drinking fountain erected by the Lions Club. It was supplied with municipal water.