Pioneer Monument, San Francisco

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The Pioneer Monument is a granite monument supporting bronze figures and bas reliefs created by Frank Happersberger and financed by the estate of James Lick. It is located on Fulton Street between Hyde and Larkin Streets in the Civic Center, of San Francisco, California. It was dedicated on November 29, 1894.
The monument consists of a large female figure of Minerva or Athena, the goddess of wisdom and war, representing California on a column with four bronze reliefs representing "Crossing the Sierra," "Vaqueros Lassoing a Bull, "Trapper Trading Skins with Indians," and "California's Progress under American Rule", as well as portrait medallions of important personages in California's past, Sir Francis Drake, John Sutter, John Fremont, Father Junipero Serra, and the monument's benefactor, James Lick.
There are also four piers surrounding the base of the column, supporting sculptures. Two are female figures allegorically representing Commerce and Plenty, and two are groupings of three figures each. One of these is titled "Early Days" and contains a missionary, a Native American, and a vaquero. The other is titled "In '49'", commemorating the California Gold Rush, containing three gold miners.
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  • Walking up Market Street, I took a detour to see Pioneer Monument and the accompanying plaza. Nice space and a Farmers' Market on weekends.  more »
  • I went to May 2018. It is a woman statue in the plaza of the Civic Center. It is a big statue in the plaza on the way out of Civic Center station to the city Hall. The area is surrounded by large buildings, including government offices, concert halls, libraries and museums.
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  • Breed removed the Indian statue, but you must look up the biographer of James Lick., he donated much to the Bay Ares, from a Womans House to Observatory under his name.
  • There is major talk and few articles written about sf planning to remove this statue! Its a pretty big deal for the culture. Its worth stopping by and giving it a good stare down.
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