Legends Fountain

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Location:  Legends Outlets, Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas

Found:  April 18 and 22, 2014

In front of the movie theatre in the Legends Outlets shopping area is this fountain.  There are two found dates as I was unable to get a front view picture due to the promotional tents that were set up on the first day I stopped by so I went back and got the front view pictures.

Water runs out the top down into the bottom basin.  The top features shooting jets that shoot up one at a time around the top.  The bottom features jumping fountains from the inside circle to the outer circle and they are all around the bottom basin.

The fountain runs all year and there is a post of what the fountain looks like during the Christmas season.

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William Volker Memorial Fountain

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Location:  Theis Park, Volker Boulevard and Oak Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 20, 2014

Located at the south end of Theis Park along Brush Creek facing Volker Boulevard.  From this location, you can see the Nelson-Atkins Museum to the north along with two of the shuttlecocks.

The sculpture in the center is of St. Martin of Tours, a patron saint of France, on horseback about to share his coat with the beggar below.  Around the saint and the beggar are an angel sitting, a confused faun and a flying angel.  The artist who created the sculptures had a sense of humor as the seated angel is wearing a wristwatch and the flying angel is holding its flute backwards.

Behind the fountain is the Brush Creek Waterfall which is currently not running.  I am not sure if it is operable or not.  I could swear I read somewhere that it is needed repairs.  Should it get repairs and/or I find it running, I will remove those pictures from this page and create its own page.

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fountain

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Location:  Broadway Boulevard and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 20, 2014

This large water feature is located along Broadway between Veterans Memorial Drive and West 43rd Street.  Water starts at the south end of the park and flows through each pool to the north end.  The plaque describes the inspiration and meaning of the set-up of the fountain.  The fountains are located in the middle two pools.  On the east side of the park, there is a wall listing the names of those who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.  There is also a commemorative gravesite across from the north pools.

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William T. and Charlotte Kemper Memorial Fountain

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Location:  Kansas City Transit Authority Plaza, 10th Street and Main Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 20, 2014

AKA 10th Street Fountain, AKA Transit Fountain.

At the southwest corner of the intersection of 10th Street and Main Street in downtown Kansas City is the Kansas City Transit Authority Plaza.  This is one of the two transit centers in Kansas City.  It is very common to see city buses lined up here and many people sitting waiting for the buses in the small park around and behind the fountain.

The fountain was inspired by the Fountain Basin and surrounding architecture.  It also has two modes of operation, one that emphasizes the power and movement of water and a second that minimizes water and allows the bronze sculpture to dominate.

It is located across the street from the Commerce Bank Fountains.

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Commerce Tower Fountain

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Location:  Commerce Tower, 911 Main Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 20, 2014

AKA Commerce Tower Sunken Garden Fountain, AKA Fountain of Good Life

This fountain is in a sunken garden on the south side of the Commerce Tower on Main Street in downtown Kansas City.  There is a staircase leading from the sidewalk on Main Street down into the garden.  Disabled people presumably would have to go into Commerce Tower itself and take an elevator down to the garden and use the tower entrance on the north side of the garden.  There is a deli off the garden to give the weekday downtown workers an option for lunch, which can be seen in most of the pictures.  You can see the staircase leading back up to street level in a couple as well.

The sculpture in the middle of the fountain is in the shape of a lotus blossom and is made out of bronze.  Water shoots up out of the middle and is broken up by the lotus petals.  There are a few benches around the garden for fountain watching or just to rest.  I took the pictures in April so the plants, flowers and trees around the fountain were not in full bloom yet.

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Muse of the Missouri

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Location:  Main Street between 8th Street and 9th Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 20, 2014

The Muse of the Missouri sits in the median of Main Street between 8th and 9th Streets in downtown Kansas City.  The sculpture is of a goddess giving her interest and guidance on the Missouri River.  The fish were meant to be of species native to the Missouri River but the artist found catfish too ugly and carp unworkable so he created hybrids with carp bodies and bluefish heads.

There are 200 spouts of water, including the fish on the sculpture, in the fountain.  Water works its way down from the sculpture into the basins below and going from the highest basin to the lowest.  The fountain is dedicatd to David Woods Kemper, who was killed in Europe during the last days of World War II.

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Kansas City Life 100-Year Commemorative Plaza Fountain

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Location:  Kansas City Life Insurance Company, 3520 Broadway Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 20, 2014

In front of the Kansas City Life Insurance building is this small plaza that was built to commemorate 100 years of service and commitment to their customers.  It was the first Kugel Floating Ball Fountain in Kansas City (there are now two others, one at Kaufmann Stadium and the other at the Overland Park Soccer Complex).  The ball is made of red granite, is 3 feet in diameter and over a ton in weight.  It floats on top of a thin film of water that runs out from underneath it.  The ball will rotate freely in any direction as it floats and a person can make it rotate in whatever they direction they choose by touch.

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Commerce Bank Fountains

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Location:  Commerce Bank Building, 1000 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 20, 2014

While the Commerce Bank Building’s address is 1000 Walnut, these fountains are located at the entrance facing the intersection of 10th Street and Main Street.  Each fountain consists of water coming out of a small lion’s head down into the basin below.  The two fountains look to be identical.

In the background of the main picture above and one of the pictures below, you can see the Kemper Memorial Fountain across the street.

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Fountains are ON!

April 8, 2014 was Fountain Day in Kansas City, Missouri.  There was a special ceremony at the Eagle Scout Fountain to commemorate the day and that fountain was officially the first one turned on.  The rest of the fountains maintained by the City of Kansas City, Missouri were turned on that day as well.   All of the other ones in the metro area will be turned on soon, probably when the weather improves and stays warm I imagine.  So, be on the look out for new posts!  (I made 4 today!)  I will be getting out and about when I am able on the weekends.  I may even get out and about some evenings and try and get some night shots.

Thanks for your continued viewing and support.

Rose’s Pond Fountain

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Location:  Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, West 87th Street, Lenexa

Found:  April 12, 2014

Rose’s Pond is found in Sar-Ko-Trails Park and out in the pond is this small fountain.  There is a sidewalk with benches encircling the pond so one can walk around the pond and sit and take a break.  Towards the south end is an island that can be walked out to with the sculpture called “The Serpent,” which is very popular.   Signs around the pond state the requirement for a fishing license so I have to assume that people can fish here.  The Legler Barn Museum, location of the Wash Day Fountain, is to the west.

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