Rowan County World War I Memorial, Salisbury
The memorial consists of a drinking fountain atop a boulder with a bronze tablet beneath. The fountain bubbler and plumbing have been removed. Although dated 1919 the fountain was not dedicated until 1920.
Images: Inscription | Drinking fountain | Another view of the drinking fountain
Erected by the Elizabeth / Maxwell Steele Chapter / of the Daughters of the / American Revolution / in memory of the / Rowan County boys / who fought in the / World War. - 1919
October 1, 1920
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"D.A.R. Meet with Miss Henderson," Salisbury Evening Post (Salisbury, NC), January 14, 1920
"Rowan County World War I Memorial," The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed July 18, 2015) Link
"Salisbury: Rowan County Courthouse, circa 1930s-1940s.” Folder 1303: Salisbury: Rowan County Courthouse, circa 1930s-1940s: Scan 2. The North Carolina County Photographic Collection #P0001, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Link
"The first fall meeting...", Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC), October 9, 1921
67th Congress, 2d Session. "Senate Documents. December 5, 1921 – September 22, 1922", (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1922), vol. 7, p. 59
“Fountain Memorial,” The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), September 5, 1920
“Proceedings of the Thirtieth Continental Congress of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution" (Washington, D.C. April, 1921), p. 77
“Salisbury D.A.R. to Honor World War Veterans,” The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), October 1, 1920
The Elizabeth Maxwell Steele Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
The Elizabeth Maxwell Steele Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, claimed this memorial was the first World War One memorial dedicated in NC. Most likely that claim refers to the first placed by a DAR chapter.
The memorial stands in front of the Rowan County Courthouse, on the right of a paved walkway leading to the courthouse building. The Rowan County Committee of Safety memorial plaque is attached to the exterior wall, left corner, of the modern Rowan County Courthouse. The Elizabeth Maxwell Steel memorial plaque is attached to the outside wall of the historic courthouse building that stands to the left of the modern Rowan County Courthouse.
The memorial stands close to the street on the pavement.