Spanish American War Memorial or The Hiker
- Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson Gorham Company
- Artwork Type
- Media & Support
- Bronze on concrete, stone
- 11 ft. 3 in.x 8 ft.x 8 ft.* (3.4 x 2.4 x 2.4 m)
- Parks and Recreation
405 South Santa Anita Boulevard
The sculpture is six feet tall and stands on a concrete and granite base. The work depicts a solitary man dressed in canvas clothes and a fedora hat. He holds a rifle in front of his body and stands facing straight ahead.
For many years The Hiker was located in Arcadia Park at the southwest corner of Huntington Drive at Santa Anita Avenue, but it was moved to its present location in the Park’s center and rededicated on June 21, 1993.
About the Artist
Theo Alice Ruggles (1871-1932) was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. She showed an early sculptural ability and by the time she was nineteen she had exhibited and won an honorable mention at the Société des Artistes Français, Paris. In 1893 she married fellow sculptor, Henry Hudson Kitson. Her most famous artwork is The Hiker and casts of it can be found in cities all over the United States.