“By bringing awareness to this little known, but fascinating piece of Redlands history I was able to connect citizens to each other. It was definitely a project I was passionate about and all together it is something I am just so happy to have done.”– Madison
Madison, a research assistant at Loma Linda and member of Troop 511, discovered an interesting piece of Redlands history after she turned to cycling in 2011 as a low impact exercise. She realized that there were many more drinking fountains along her route than she initially imagined and that many of them were privately installed, paid for and preserved by citizens on their own property. For her project, Madison created plaques beside each fountain recognizing the families for their contributions to the city. She also created a map and online site for other athletes, making it easy for them to utilize the drinking fountains while running, cycling or simply strolling by.