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- Turtle Boy’s real name is the Burnside Fountain.
- The Burnside Fountain was originally a watering trough for dogs and horses.
- The fountain/statue was a gift to the city of Worcester given by Harriet Pamela Foster Burnside. It was meant as a tribute to her father, a prominent Worcester attorney.
- The original gift was $5,000, given around 1905 (Worcester Telegram & Gazette site says 1905 / Smithsonian says April 6, 1904). The statue was finally unveiled in 1912.
- The original location was at Central Square but it was moved to Salem Square in 1969 to make way for construction.
- Artist, Daniel Chester French, was commissioned to create the statue. He assigned the job to Charles Harvey, his protege.
- Work on the pedestal was started by Lincoln Memorial architect, Henry Bacon, but was completed by his assistant, Sherry Fry, after Henry Bacon’s death.
- The statue is made of bronze; the pedestal is pink granite.
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