This trough is located right outside of Pennsylvania Hospital, and I think it’s amazing that it survives. There were several groups such as Womens Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Philadelphia Fountain Society who funded these fountains a hundred and fifty years ago, at a time when fresh water for working horses was not readily available.
This particular fountain was installed in 1913, and memorializes Edward Wetherill. Weatherill was an abolitionist who along with his wife Anna, aided escaped slaves, sometimes sheltering them in their home on 911 Clinton Street. These seasonal drinking fountains decreased horse deaths in the city during the sweltering summers.