~ The Grand Finale of ~
~ The Fountains of Kansas City ~

There are Two Hundred and One Fountains listed on the City of Fountains Web Site
But can we settle for these Few Samples?

One More of The J.C. Nichols Fountain in the Country Club Plaza

(as I said... the Most Photographed Fountain in Kansas City)

Meyer Circle Fountain
The busy intersection of this boulevard and parkway has become a popular landmark in Kansas City
The fountain hosts a 17th century Venetian sculpture purchased by J.C. Nichols in the early 1920's

Even though the Nichols Company and the Parks and Recreation Department
Understood the heavy traffic volume carried by Ward Parkway
They attempted for decades to maintain an almost rural setting for the parkway’s centerpiece
~ The Meyer Circle fountain ~

Delbert J. Haff Circle Fountain
In the 1890's, Delbert Haff became an essential influence
In the direction that the Kansas City Park Board has evolved today
A circle outside Swope Park was dedicated to this pioneer.
The mirror pool was designed with a low retaining wall of coursed stone
In 1966, it was equipped with a center spraying ring and seven vertical jets that operate year round

This fountain welcomes visitors to the entrance of Swope Park
And pays tribute to one of Kansas City's most influential proponents of the local parks system

Northeast Concourse Fountain
This year-round fountain was originally known as the Northeast Concourse Casting Pool
Originally it was used for the organized sport of miniature yacht racing
I liked it better then, when it was a large open pool

In the 1940's it was popular among fisherman who could practice their art of casting
Fountain jets were added in the 1960's and it took on a whole new identity

Carl J. DiCapo Fountain
This fountain, named for Carl DiCapo, a restaurateur and community volunteer
Is located in Kessler Park on scenic Cliff Drive in Kansas City's north end

Converted from a natural spring and dedicated in 1989
Its composition of natural rock and spring water place it in a unique category
The recirculating waterfall was constructed to draw attention to a natural spring with a rustic cliffside setting

Argosy Casino
Five miles down the road from Parkville, my favorite winning casino of the moment
This fountain at one of the entrances seems to need more than one jet of water as big as it is

They don't allow photos on the floor of the casino
But I asked permission to take one of this fountain in one of the lobbies

Seville Light Fountain
A triangular traffic island at a busy intersection on the Plaza is the setting for this ornate fountain
Sculptor Bernhard Zuckerman was commissioned to create an exact replica
Of the Plaza de Los Reyes fountain in Seville, Spain

The central shaft is 30' tall and carved from several kinds of marble
Water flows from the four masked faces located near its 20 foot square base

Vietnam Veterans's Fountain
The fountain pools represent the country's growing involvement in the war
Culminating in two pools symbolic of the divided opinions of the time
(Words etched on the plaque at the entrance)

L This fountain is provocative in its honesty and beauty
It was developed by the Kansas City Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
A semi-circular wall backdrop has the names of 451 casualties
Visitors to this monument leave flags and flowers
To honor those who served during one of America's most turbulent eras

Loose Park Lake Fountain
A small lake was already on the grounds when Mrs. Jacob Loose donated Loose Park to the city
In 1964, the lake was beautified in the style of a Japanese garden
Willows make a quiet backdrop to the “Diana” spray pattern fountain erupting from the lake's center

In 1993, after renovating and sealing the lake
The fountain was donated to the Parks Department by the Air-O-Lator Corporation
And the Cramer family in memory of Roy A. Cramer Jr. the founder of Air-O-Lator Corporation
Air-O-Lator also extended perpetual repair of the fountain at no charge

Loose Park Rose Garden Fountain
Mrs. Jacob Loose donated eighty acres of land to the city
With the stipulation that it be developed as a quiet restful area as opposed to a recreational park

A one and a half acre section known as the Rose Garden has this pool fountain at its center

Loose Park Wall Fountain
A competition was held to select the sculptor for this wall fountain
And Jeannette Keline of Kansas City was awarded the commission
She created larger-than-life-size figures of a man and a woman
Which were placed in semicircular niches on the south wall of a service building

They were unveiled during the 1942 Rose Day celebration
The kneeling figures each hold bowls from which water trickles into basins at the base of the niches

Ward Parkway Mirror Pool Fountain

This pool fountain was constructed in 1924 as part of the beautification effort along Ward Parkway
Renovated in 1965, the pool is equipped with 3 sets of spray rings
The center ring produces higher jets giving the fountain symmetry

~ More Fountains? Yes, a Lot More! Do We Need More? Let's Settle for These for Now ~

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