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Temperance Fountain of Washington, D.C. in Washington, D.C.

In the late 19th century, Dr. Henry Cogswell, a wealthy dentist from San Francisco and a proponent of the prohibition of alcohol, had an idea. He believed that if people had access to free, cold water, they wouldn't be tempted to go into saloons to quench their thirst with alcohol. To put his idea to the test, he paid for the installation of sixteen “temperance fountains” around the country.
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