You won’t have to go chasing waterfalls anymore – just head over to DTLA!
If you happen to pass through Hill Street near Chinatown and the Civic Center during your commute, an unfamiliar body of water has probably caught your eye.
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission quietly set the waterfall at the Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial in motion for the first time in 42 years. The DTLA monument hasn’t seen liquid activity since the drought that led Los Angeles County to shut off the waterfall back in 1977.
Over the years, the monument became neglected and fell into a state of disrepair turning into a gathering place for skaters, taggers, and the homeless. The County Board of Supervisors approved a 4.1 million dollar to restore the historical site in 2014 and three years later the City Council joined the movement by donated an additional $500,000. Renovations aren’t fully complete, a portion of the monument in front of the historic flagpole still needs restoring; but once repairs are finished the county plans to hold an event which will include the burial of a time capsule!
The project took 10 years to design, plan, and build, reaching completion on July 3, 1957. The Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial commemorates the Mormon Battalion and New York Volunteer American military who first raised the U.S. flag when California acquired territory on July 4, 1847!
Location: 451 N Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. See it on Google maps.
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