Lotta Crabtree in SF

Unfinished History


LOTTA CRABTREE, variety star (1847-1924)

Vivacious Lotta was a true child of the Gold Rush. She sang and danced in gold mining camps from the age of nine and held fond ties to San Francisco long after becoming New York's highest-paid stage star. She gave the city an ornate water fountain that survived the 1906 earthquake and still stands today at Market and Kearny Streets.

Photo: Museum of Performance + Design

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