Monumento a los heroes de El Polvorín (obelisk)
Image of the monument
|Coordinates||18° 0' 40.6794" N, 66° 36' 49.464" W (N 18.01130, W 66.61374).|
|Location||Plaza Degetau at Plaza Las Delicias, Ponce, Puerto Rico|
|Material||Granite and Marble|
|Height||approx 20 feet|
|Beginning date||ca. 1947|
|Opening date||25 January 1948|
|Dedicated to||The "El Polvorin" fire heroes|
The Monumento a los heroes de El Polvorín (Monument to the "El Polvorín" fire heroes) is a monument at Plaza Las Delicias in Ponce, Puerto Rico, dedicated to the seven fire fighters and one civilian that subdued the flames of the "El Polvorin" fire on the night of 25 January 1899.
On 25 January 1899, a large fire (later dubbed "El Polvorin") threatened the lives of Ponceños, as well as the economy of Puerto Rico as a whole, given Ponce's de facto role as Puerto Rico's banking and agricultural capital. For their success, the group was honored many times both in Ponce and the rest of Puerto Rico. The obelisk was built to honor their memory.
The obelisk was built in 1948. It replaced the original obelisk built shortly after the 25 January 1899 fire, but which was destroyed by the 1918 San Fermín earthquake. The obelisk was erected by a city board consisting of Jaime L. Drew, Antonio Arias, and Antonio Mirabal. This monument is different from the obelisk/tomb built in 1911, and dedicated to the same men, and which stands at the Cementerio Civil de Ponce (Ponce Civil Cemetery).
The four-sided obelisk has four plaques, one on each side.
The plaque facing East reads:
The North-facing plaque lists the honored men, saying:
The Western-facing plaque says:
The plaque facing South reads:
- Camina por Ponce: "Ponce es nuestro; Ponce es del que nos visita". Archived 2012-07-03 at the Wayback Machine. Municipality of Ponce. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- Pariser, Harry S. (2002). Explore Puerto Rico (5th ed.). Harry S. Pariser. ISBN 9781893643529.
- Millán, Reinaldo (January 25, 2012). "Hacen justicia con héroes del Polvorín". La Perla del Sur (in Spanish) (Year 30, Issue 1469). Ponce, Puerto Rico. p. 22.
- Hillinger, Charles (April 22, 1990). "Heroism of Firefighters Still Ignites Civic Pride". Los Angeles Times.