Carl Schurz Monument

© Photographed January 18, 2016 and June 21, 2017
Unveiled July 4, 1914
Donated to the City of Oshkosh by Col. John Hicks,
editor and owner of The Oshkosh Northwestern
Sculptor: Karl Bitter
Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
44.017746,-88.516577
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Our Greatest German American
CARL SCHURZ

The monument is located on the Lake Winnebago Waterfront, at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901.
Statue of Carl Schurz unveiled on the shore of Lake Winnebago, Saturday Afternoon.
The Schurz status is a thing of beauty and joy forever, from each face of the treble standard: Accuracy, Inspiration and art. It is the produce of the studio of Karl Bitter, the illustrious Austro-American sculptor, whose habitat is at New York city. The bronze figure surmounting the work presents Mr. Schurz in everyday pose and everyday attire. It is nine feet and a half high. This, the statue proper, is placed on a pedestal of Balfour pink granite, quarried in North Carolina. The pedestal is eleven feet, four inches high. One of the [illegible], which form the pedestal, reaches up and back of the bronze figure. The monument as a whole extends fifteen feet and a half above the ground. Some [illegible] of its massive proportions may be obtained from the statement that the total weight of the monument is over twelve tons. The statue proper weighs 2,500 pounds. The pedestal weighs 22,000 pounds.
Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, 6 July 1914, page 1
Another of the gifts that shares importance with the Soldiers' monument and the statue of Chief Oshkosh is the monument of Carl Schurz at the foot of Washington street. It was unveiled July 4, 1914, and the exercises formed a prominent feature of the celebration of the Fourth of July here. Among the speakers on that occasion was Francis E. McGovern, then governor of the state. Relatives of the noted German-American patriot were in attendance for the event.
Madison Democrat, 27 December, 1917: Enduring Monuments at Oshkosh of the Late Colonel John Hicks

Watertown Historical Society: Addendum to Carl Schurz Profile

Wikipedia: Karl Bitter

See also, Carl Schurz Forest, a related marker in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.

 With completely frozen Lake Winnebago in the background
(see the ice fishing shack in the distance, to the right?)
Temperature when photo taken?  -1° F with a wind chill of -25° F.
Now that's cold!





Revisited (in much warmer weather) June 21, 2017:





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Carl Schurz was a German revolutionist and American statesman
and reformer. Carl Schurz, half-length portrait, facing right (1877).
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 The sculptor, Karl Bitter (1907)
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The Man Who Made the Monument.
Karl Ritter, sculptor of the Schurz statue, whose full name is Karl Theodore Francis Bitter, was born in Vienna, Austria, December 6, 1867, and came to the United States in 1889. He is a member of the Art Commission of New York city, the body which passes upon all statues and art work erected in New York. He is one of the most successful of American sculptors. His work was seen at the World's Fair, Chicago, and the Buffalo Pan-American exposition. He was chief of the department of sculpture at the St. Louis Exposition of 1904, and holds the same position at the Panama exposition in San Francisco. He had expected to attend the unveiling exercises but was unavoidably detained in New York, and expects to visit Oshkosh the next time he comes west.
Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, 6 July 1914, page 1
 Karl Bitter also created this statue of Carl Schurz (1913),
erected at Morningside Drive and 116th Street, New York City, New York
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 The Carl Schurz Monument is visible in the distance, between the pillars.

 The Carl Schurz Monument is visible to the left.

 A reception was held at this location following the dedication
of the Carl Schurz Monument.

 With frozen Lake Winnebago in the distance.

 Screenshot of vintage postcard provided by CardCow.com
Oshkosh Yacht Club
[The east side of the building, facing Lake Winnebago]

The property is now home to
American Legion Cook-Fuller Post 70 and The Waters,
and, along with the Carl Schurz Monument,
is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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