Monuments in the Bronx

Monuments in the Bronx
There have been many memorials and monuments erected in the Bronx. The monuments range from odes to fallen soldiers to remembrances of civil leaders for their contributions to the area. Most are located in parks or in historical areas and with convenient access for the public.

Bronx River Soldier Statue

The Bronx River Soldier Statue is a granite statue of a Union soldier from the American Civil War. It has stood in many locations but now stands next to a colonial period house that serves as a museum for the Bronx County Historical Society. It was originally intended to stand in the Woodlawn Cemetery but was damaged and rejected. It was purchased by a quarry owner who displayed it on his lawn and then put it on a pier in the Bronx River when a bridge was torn down. In 1964 the statue toppled into the river. It was once again salvaged, this time being placed next to Valentine-Varian House, where it still stands.

Varian Park
Reservoir Oval East
Bainbridge Ave, E 208 St.
Bronx, NY 10467

Bronx Victory Memorial - Mosholu Parkway

The Bronx Victory Memorial is a bronze statue of World War I soldiers. It is dedicated to soldiers from the area who died during the war. The Bronx Victory Memorial Association was formed in 1918, and it commissioned Jerome Conner to create the memorial. The statue is of a fallen soldier being protected by another soldier.

Bronx Victory Memorial
Mosholu Pkwy & Marion Ave
Bronx, NY 10458

Clason Point War Memorial

The Clason Point War Memorial is dedicated to veterans of World War I who lived in the Clason Point area. The memorial consists of a seven-foot tall bronze relief mounted on an 11-foot granite slab set in Woodrow Wilson Park. The piece was sculpted by James Novelli and cost the residents of Clason Point $3,500 in 1928. The memorial includes quotes from four United States Presidents: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley and Woodrow Wilson.

Clason Point War Memorial
Woodrow Wilson Triangle
Bronx, New York 10473

General Josiah Porter Statue

Josiah Porter was an adjutant general in the Union Army, and possibly the first Harvard College graduate to enlist into the Union. The statue of Porter was given to the city of New York by the National Guard of New York State. It was dedicated in 1902 and was sculpted by William Clark Noble.

Van Cortlandt Park
Broadway & W 246th St
Bronx, NY 10471

Louis J. Heintz Monument

Louis J. Heintz was one of the early civic leaders in the Bronx. He also became the Bronx's first street commissioner and had a bright political future, but he contracted a cold during Grover Cleveland's presidential inauguration and died shortly thereafter. The sculpture, made of bronze, was created by French sculptor Pierre Feitu and sits atop a granite pedestal.

Joyce Kilmer Park
Grand Concourse & E. 161st St
Bronx, NY 10471

Heinrich Heine Fountain

The Heinrich Heine fountain is a memorial to German the poet and writer. The fountain depicts Lorelei, a German mythical figure who was used in one of Heinrich's poems. In 1888 the fountain, made of white Tyrolean marble, was commissioned to be built in Germany. When it was finished there was no place to put it because of anti-Semitic criticism that was growing in Germany. In 1893 a group of German-Americans purchased it to save it from destruction. It now stands in Joyce Kilmer Park.

Joyce Kilmer Park
Grand Concourse & E. 161st St
Bronx, NY 10471

Rockefeller Fountain

The Rockefeller Fountain was created for use in Como, Italy. The sculpture tapped into an aqueduct to provide fresh water to the town's residents while also serving as an aesthetic centerpiece. Many residents believed that the imagery of the sculpture was inappropriate though, and when fiscal troubles and erosion of the fountain's foundation made it too expensive to maintain the fountain was dismantled. The town decided to sell the fountain in 1902, and William Rockefeller bought the it for approximately $637. Rockefeller paid another $25,000 for the transportation of the sculpture to the New York and, ultimately, the Bronx Zoo.

Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10460

Article Written By Tom Williamson

Tom Williamson has a degree in English with a concentration in writing and a minor in communication studies. He has written for many online publications, including sports blogs, a mental health website and music websites. He wrote five scripts for an online Web show called He also writes for

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