Helena in 75 Objects: 37. Confederate Memorial Fountain
Eliza Wiley Independent Record

The Confederate Memorial Fountain in Hill Park was constructed by the Daughters of the Confederacy in 1916, and is the only monument to the Confederacy in the Northwest, according to Ken Robinson’s book, “Montana Territory and the Civil War.”

Designed by architect George H. Carsley and made of Montana granite, the fountain boasts an inscription that reads “A Longing Tribute to Our Confederate Soldiers.”

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Montana didn’t become a state until 24 years after the war ended, but ex-Confederates brought Southern influence to the state and societies such as the United Confederate Veterans were active in Montana for years. The Daughters wanted to build a monument as a token to their new home and a way to symbolize the new relationship between the North and South, Robinson wrote.

The fountain underwent restoration in 2008.

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