~ More Of ~

~ The Fountains of Kansas City ~

There are too Many to Include on this Site
But Here are Some More of the Best

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

(No... I didn't take this one... I borrowed it from KCPix.com)

Kansas City Star Fountain
This fountain is designed to produce a pleasing symmetry of water and landscaping
The city's emphasis on urban beautification in the early 1960's served as a catalyst for private enterprise

The owners of the Kansas City Star Building installed and dedicated this structure in 1964
Located at 18th Street and Grand Avenue in front of the Original Newspaper Building

Firefighters' Fountain
This fountain located at the south end of Penn Valley Park is a collaborative effort from many private sources

Dedicated only recently, it commemorates the city's firefighters
And memorializes those who have given their lives in the line of duty

Science City Fountain
Dedicated when the Union Station re-opened in 1999
The Science City Fountain was a gift from American Century Investments
Located in the Sprint Festival Plaza. The fountain was not flowing on my last two visits to the Station
So I 'borrowed' the next picture

The water in the fountain flows up, not down!
And while staying "mostly dry," you can walk into the fountain

The fountain is comprised of 18 jet nozzles in the basin and 18 more at the top
Which reverse the water's downward current to generate the fountain's trademark water "rods"
While sensors detect your presence, shutting the water streams off and on
Opening a "gateway" to allow entry into the fountain

Eagle Scout Memorial Fountain
In the 1960's, the Kansas City area awarded more Eagle Scout badges than any other council in the country
John Starr, president of the Boy Scout Regional Council, petitioned the Pennsylvania Railroad for a sculpture
Adorning the Seventh Avenue entrance of the Pennsylvania Railroad Station in New York City which was doomed

The sculpture was transported here where the original clock centerpiece was replaced with the Eagle Badge
This fountain is sadly in need of major plumbimg repairs
Which would be corrected shortly if the former Mayor H.Roe Bartle was still living
He was actively involved in The Boy Scouts of America

Volker Memorial Fountain
Carl Milles, a Swedish sculptor, based his memorial to William Volker on an equestrian figure of St. Martin of Tours
Who had done much to enrich the city

Flanking the main statue are four subsidiary figures
Fountain jets are contained in two pools on either side
Three tiers raise water to heights of 5, 20 and 28 feet

To add a touch of humor, Milles has an angel playing the flute from the wrong end
And carved a wristwatch on another angel.
Look closely to see the watch on the left arm of the Angel

Kauffman Memorial Garden
Midwesterners who want to get away from it all have only to step inside
This urban retreat of prolific fountains and rich vegetation

Visitors can experience the cherry pie plant, which fills the garden with the scent of fresh-baked pie
The Kauffman Memorial Garden is an elegant spot with the warmth of midwestern hospitality

Near the entrance to the Kauffman garden
This little lady is pouring water from a sea shell

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