Thursday, July 11, 2013

Successful Sighting: Coit Tower in San Francisco

Coit Tower, also known as the Lillian Coit Memorial Tower, is a 210-foot  tower in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, California. The tower, in the city's Pioneer Park, was built in 1933 using Lillie Hitchcock Coit's bequest to beautify the city of San Francisco. Coit left one-third of her estate to the city for civic beautification. She died in 1929.

At the age of fifteen Lillie witnessed the Knickerbocker Engine Co. No. 5 in response to a fire call up on Telegraph Hill when they were shorthanded. She dropped her school books to the ground and pitched in to help, calling out to other bystanders to help get the engine up the hill to the fire, to get the first water onto the blaze. Coit Tower resembles a fire hose nozzle, but supposedly that is only coincident.




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