Winn's Fountain Head, San Francisco (circa) 1853
Winn's Fountain Head was a temperance restaurant at 78 & 80 Commercial Street, San Francisco.
Provenance: Isaac Pear who sailed to San Francisco on the Golden Eagle in late 1852, returning to Boston by 1854. Inscribed: "Saturday May 16th"
When M. L. Winn arrived in 1849, he made candy and sold it on the streets, chanting, "Here is your California candy! It has neither come 'round the Horn nor across the Isthmus, but is made in your city…" After establishing a temperance restaurant on Long Wharf named the Fountain Head, Winn opened the "Branch" on the corner of Montgomery and Washington streets, and then the "Extension" on Clay Street. Although these locations reportedly did a booming business, friends advised him that he would do even better if he sold alcohol. However, Winn remained steadfast in his refusal to sell intoxicating beverages.
Courtesy Henry Voigt Collection
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