Peavey Fountain on the Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis was built in 1891 as a drinking fountain for horses and was later dedicated to the horses of the 151st Field Artillery, Minnesota National Guard who died during World War I.
The fountain was installed as a monument to the horses of the 151st Field Artillery from World War I. The 151st Field Artillery Regiment was originally organized in 1864 as the First Regiment of the Minnesota Heavy Artillery, was reorganized after the Civil War, became the First Battalion Field Artillery in 1893, was redesignated the First Field Artillery in 1900, was expanded to six batteries in 1903, served on the Mexican Border from 1916 to 1917, and then was drafted into Federal Service and subsequently was redesignated as the 151st Field Artillery.
In 1891, Frank Hutchinson Peavey donated the fountain to the people of Minneapolis as a drinking fountain for horses. In 1917 it was rededicated as a memorial to the horses of the 151st Field Artillery Minnesota National Guard killed in action. Today, Peavey Fountain would be easy to miss standing in the middle of an island diverting car traffic between Kenwood Parkway and Lake of the Isles Parkway.
I recommend visiting the Minnesota Historical Society website to travel back in time to see what the fountain and neighborhood looked like in the early 1900s. I was curious about the fountain’s connection to Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis and learned that the company Frank started in 1874, F.H. Peavey & Company (renamed Peavey Company) gave $600,000 towards the $2.5 million budget for the plaza which earned them naming rights. The gift was given in 1974, the company’s centennial year.
"I took this pic of the "God of Peace" statue dedicated to the memory of the fallen in the Great War. It was erected in 1935. Names of the fallen are listed on the walls. Like many other memorials dedicated to the "War to end all wars", this one has also had names added who have fallen while in service during other conflicts as well."
--Mr. Johannes R. Allert, M.A., CTL
This large monument consists of a cross atop a tall stone spire overlooking the Mississippi River in St. Paul, MN. On the east face of the monument is a plaque reading: 'IN MEMORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF SAINT PAUL AND RAMSEY COUNTY WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES IN THIS WORLD WAR. "GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS"' and 'ERECTED BY SAINT PAUL CHAPTER DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION A.D. 1922'
This is a chain saw-carved piece of wood, probably elm, depicting a standing WWI soldier. He wears an open-necked shirt and pants tucked into his boots, holds his rifle's barrel, and carries a helmet. It was carved in 1990 by Dennis Roghair to honor WWI veterans. Nearby is another Roghair carving, "Eagle," which may also be in honor of veterans.
Manufactured of granite and bronze, this monument is composed of five sections which fit together, the nine fool tall center section being the tallest. On the ends are sculpted helmets, canteens, a gas mask, ammunition belts, a saddlebag and a bayonet. It also had medallions of the U.S., the Spanish-American War Veterans, and the Grand Army of the Republic. Atop the center section was a sculpted element, but it was stolen during the 1960s. The monument was dedicated on May 30, 1923, as a tribute to the Minnesota veterans of the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and WWI.
“Dedicated to the 57,413 Minnesotans who so gallantly served in ‘the war to end all wars.'”