~ The Fountains of Kansas City ~


As well as being called 'The Heart of America' and 'The Barbecue Capitol of the World'
Kansas City, Missouri is known as 'The City of Fountains'





The J.C. Nichols Fountain in the Country Club Plaza

The 1910 sculpture by Henry Gerber of Paris, France
Ten and one half foot high figures weighing 1 1/2 tons each
Rearing in a pool eighty feet in circumference
The four equestrian figures and small figures of children riding Dolphins
Were commissioned for the formal gardens of the Clarence Mackay estate on Long Island, New York


My Fountain on the Veranda

A gentleman happened on my Fountain page and emailed me a note
Asking me to add a link to the site you can reach above
And he added that, for doing so, he would send me the fountain here at no cost
As the link above is an interesting addition to my page I have added it

And to see more fountains he has on display check this link


The little fountain in Parkville, next to the old Train Depot


The waterfall at Park University... No it wasn't there a few years ago


The Children's Fountain in North Kansas City
This fountain is one of several city fountains located North of the Missouri River
It features six sculptures of local children at play. It is one of Kansas City's largest fountains
Parking is available for a close walk to enjoy this fountain


The dedication reads:
"The bronze figures represent children everywhere to whom this fountain is dedicated
and the activities that shape young lives making childhood a joy."
The figures, from tallest to shortest represent: Joy, Meeting Challenges
Ballerina, Soccer Player, Handstand Boy and Girl Walking


Northland Fountain
This fountain located in Kansas City North is one of the few fountains that runs year round
It has also been called the "Spirit of Cooperation", because it illustrates the unified effort
Of the public and private sectors who worked together to achieve a common goal


Its benefactors range from Farmland's $30,000 contribution to a three-cent donation from a schoolchild
An 80 foot circular base contains a center geyser which can propel water to a height of 35 feet
In winter it becomes an ice sculpture attracting people to view varied shapes created by the frozen water


Clay County War Memorial
Located near the Northland Fountain, it honors the war dead in Clay County
From the Civil War through the Gulf War


Is This a Fountain?
Well it looks like one, located in Brush Creek in the Country Club Plaza
Actually it is supposed to act as an aerator to help clean the creek water


Henry Wollman Block Memorial Fountain
This gift to the City in the name of the co-founder of H&R Block, Incorported
Is located at Pershing & Main Streets outside of Union Station
It features 232 jets arranged in three concentric rings within an ellipse of black granite
. A thin sheen of water on the flat granite creates a mirror to reflect the monumental architecture on either side


A computer choreographs an ever-changing pattern of display
On each hour and half-hour, a five-minute "high show" presents a celebration of water in movement


The Muse of the Missouri is located in the heart of downtown, at 9th and Main Street
Based on classical mythology, this creation of artist Wheeler Williams
Personifies a goddess bestowing her interest and guidance on the Missouri River


Williams had originally intended to use fish native to the river spilling from the net
However, he found catfish too ugly and carp unworkable
The nine fish netted by the muse are a hybrid using a carp body and bluefish head
There are 200 spouts of water making up the total fountain display


The City Hall Fountains consist of two rows of four pool basins
The northernmost sculpture of each row is a bronze mythological sea horse flanked by dolphins
The remaining basins have sculptures in the form of seashells with dolphin heads shooting water


In 1942, the fountains were the subject of controversy
In an effort to economize for the war effort, they were turned off
It saved the city $1.50 per day in electricity. This fountain facility is intricate


Barney Allis Plaza
Located near Bartle Hall Convention Center in downtown Kansas City
This fountain runs nearly a block long


Computer-assisted cycling action varies both the colors and height
Of the water columns formed by the 112 geyser jets


Ilus W. Davis Park
Named for the 1960s mayor who was associated with the city's growth and progress
Strengthens the north-south axis and adds softness and color to the government district
Now called the Civic Mall, on the northeast side of downtown


The park includes a large, shallow reflecting pool, a small fountain that flows to the reflecting pool
With flower beds, shrubs and more than 350 trees, including flowering crab, large red oaks and ginkoes


The Pamona Fountain
A Plaza courtyard is the setting of Pomona, the Roman goddess and protector of gardens
This fountain was acquired in Italy and installed in 1969


The goddess holds a cluster of fruit
As a sheet of water flows from the pedestal into the basin below

~ More Fountains? A Lot More! Only ONE City has More than Kansas City ~
~ Rome, Italy ~

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