Welcome to my current obsession…er, I mean, my blog.
I moved to the Kansas City Metro area in May of 2013. After being told that Kansas City is the City of Fountains, I did a little research and found out that it is. Kansas City claims to have more fountains than any other city in the world other than Rome. In my research I came across The City of Fountains Foundation and they have been an invaluable resource in my hunt for fountains and have been in contact with them in regards to things needing to be updated or corrected on their website. The City of Kansas City, Missouri website also has some useful information about the fountains they own and maintain in KCMO with the Kansas City Parks & Recreation Department website providing even more detail and fountains.
Another valuable source has been the book The City of Fountains: Kansas City’s Legacy of Beauty and Motion by Roy Inman. The book was copyrighted in 2012. Mr. Inman (at least at the time) was Director of Photography at the Kansas City Star. The book is a picture book with professional photographs, shot by Mr. Inman, of over 100 fountains in the KC Metro area. It also contains maps of where fountains are located. I have linked to the book on Amazon, but I purchased mine at Nelson-Atkins and I would imagine it can be found fairly easily in various book stores and gift shops in the KC Metro area.
I will be using this blog to catalog the fountains I find and post my pictures and whatever information about the fountains or their sites I want to share. Some of the information I share, especially when it comes to stats (dimensions, number of jets, etc.), I may take from the Foundation or KCMO or other sources. Some fountains are not listed on the Foundation website or City of Kansas City websites, but I include them because I want to.
This will be a living blog. Pages will be edited and added to as warranted. When I make a change, I will try to note the date and what was changed or added at the bottom of the page.
On October 6, 2013, I noticed that my blog got a large number of hits in one day. I found out why. Somehow, my blog became an external link for the Wikipedia page for the City of Fountains.
A couple of notes about each fountain page. For the location, I have given street addresses where possible. When not, I have given intersections, buildings or whatever I can provide to make it as specific as I can. The date “found” actually represents the date I took the pictures. In some cases, I actually found the fountain previously for one reason or another but didn’t have a camera with me or was not able to stop for it. In some cases, I had a previous post that I took down because the pictures I had used were of poor quality (my iPhone does not take good pictures) and did not wait to take new pictures for any of many reasons.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me at email@example.com. Please refer to the fountains in the subject of your e-mail as I get a lot of spam at my yahoo account.