The Drinking Fountains were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1933 and 1937 during construction of the Carmel - San Simeon Hwy. A source of water was a necessity for thirsty motorists and their even thirstier automobiles as they traveled on this new remote, scenic highway.
LOCATING THE FOUNTAINS
The Big Sur Drinking Fountains, from south to north are: Soda Springs, Big Redwood, Willow Creek/Seven Stairs, Lucia, and Rigdon. I can testify they can be tricky to locate. The five fountains are within a 26 mile stretch of highway beginning at the Monterey County line (mileage zero). The county sign is located a few miles past Ragged Point on the ocean side of the Hwy.
Rigdon - Distance from co. line 26 miles or so. The fountain is on a curve located mid way between Vicente Creek Bridge (mi. 25.8) and Big Creek Bridge (mi. 28) - distance between the bridges about 2 miles. Across the road and south a tad, is a turnout. Look for a curve with tall trees. The Rigdon Fountain is a memorial to the late State Senator, Elmer Rigdon, who in 1922, secured funding for construction of the Hwy.
Hidden in plain sight, five historic, hand crafted stone fountains, with ample places to sit and enjoy the view, await your visit.