About Turtle Boy

Turtle Boy, Worcester MA

  1. Turtle Boy’s real name is the Burnside Fountain.
  2. The Burnside Fountain was originally a watering trough for dogs and horses.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The original location was at Central Square but it was moved to Salem Square in 1969 to make way for construction.
  6. Artist, Daniel Chester French, was commissioned to create the statue. He assigned the job to Charles Harvey, his protege.
  7. 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.
  8. The statue is made of bronze; the pedestal is pink granite.

Here’s some more Turtle Boy Information

City of Worcester Department of Public Works and Parks web site
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Worcester Telegram & Gazette