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Early Settlers 1870-1957 - Pittsburg, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
N 38° 02.016 W 121° 52.993
10S E 598007 N 4210131
Quick Description: A memorial to the delta fisherman in Pittsburg, CA. The statue stand in a plaza at the end of 3rd St and Railroad.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 6/7/2010 11:49:10 AM
Waymark Code: WM904D
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
The sculpture sits on a wooden box like stand. The fisherman is standing with his feet spread. He's slight bending over, casting a fishing net.

The Plaque reads: In Memory of the Deltawater Pioneer Fishermen:

The old fisherman passes his net for the last time, weary not from the rigorous work he grew to love. No this weariness comes deep from within, the river closed today for commercial fishing, but it’s not the end of the season, it’s the end of his livelihood and an era. He will never fish these waters again.

He handles the net with care, the motions he’s repeated thousands of times before. He contemplates the culture but the past dominates his thoughts. His eldest son crosses his mind: as a youngest the boy would accompany him on his outings, just as he accompanied his father.

Fishing also became his son’s life, and he too built his own boat a few years ago. A dream realized through years of hard work and sacrifice. That was a proud day, as he remember the boat’s christening and the celebration that followed.

He’s brought back to the present as a boat passes the harbor with a for sale sign. I hope the boy can find a good job to provide for his young family. He drifts the pleasanter thoughts of his grandchildren ... by Frank J. Vitalie

Plaque provided by Albert D. Seeno Carpenters local 152
TITLE: Early Settlers 1870-1957

ARTIST(S): Vitale, Frank, sculptor.

DATE: Dedicated Sept. 2, 1990. Copyrighted 1994.

MEDIUM: Sculpture: bronze; Base: concrete.

CONTROL NUMBER: Sculpture: bronze; Base: concrete.

Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
Located, Railroad Avenue and Third Street, Pittsburg, California


DIFFERENCES NOTED BETWEEN THE INVENTORY LISTING AND YOUR OBSERVATIONS AND RESEARCH:
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