Liberty Memorial Fountains

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Location:  National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 21, 2015

On the north side of the Liberty Memorial, facing Union Station, are these two identical fountains.  They were off all of last year as the Memorial complex was undergoing repairs and renovations.  Today was the first time I have seen them running.  I was unable to get a straight-on picture of the west fountain as there were people sitting on it.

A couple of shots below were taken from up top.  In one of those shots, you can see Union Station and the Henry Wollman Block Memorial Fountain.  Crown Center is to the east.

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American War Mothers Memorial Fountain

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Location:  East Meyer Boulevard and The Paseo, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 21, 2015

This fountain is in the small traffic circle at the intersection of East Meyer Boulevard and The Paseo.  It is a rectangular obelisk standing 18 feet tall in the middle of a basin.  It is dedicated to those who served in World War I.  Each side of the obelisk is marked with a star, except the west face which has the War Mothers’ emblem and the the years 1917 and 1918 inscribed.  The south face has a blue star is dedicated to those who were wounded, the east face has a gold star symbolizing those who died in the war and the north face has a white star for those who returned home uninjured.  On each side of the obelisk at the top is an eagle carved into the stone.

Research Medical Center is located to the north.  Dunn Park is to the south.  In Dunn Park, up by Meyer Boulevard, is a large solar panel.  This solar panel is what provides power to the fountain and allows it to operate.

This is the second entry I have made for this fountain.  This was the first time I had seen this fountain in operation, so it gets new pictures and the new page treatment.

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Sea Horse Fountain at Kansas City (MO) City Hall

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Location:  Kansas City (MO) City Hall, 414 East 12th Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 21, 2015

On the south side of the City Hall building in downtown Kansas City is this double fountain known as the Sea Horse Fountain (not to be confused with the Meyer Circle Sea Horse Fountain).  The water starts at the north end from the mouth of the sea horse into the first pool.  The water then flows down to the rest of the pools.  Each of the remaining pools has a fish head in a seashell that also jets out water into its pool.  The two fountains are identical.

This fountain is in need of repair and currently does not run everyday and definitely not on the weekends.  This was only the second time I have seen it running and the first where I was able to find a parking spot a reasonable distance away to get pictures.  Speaking of parking, remember this is in downtown Kansas City, parking can be tough to find, especially if you go on a weekday.

City Hall is located across the street northwest of the Richard Bolling Federal Building and north of the Jackson County Circuit Courthouse.

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Richard Bolling Federal Building Fountain

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Location:  Richard Bolling Federal Building, 601 East 12th Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 21, 2015

Tucked away in the back of the park in front of the Richard Bolling Federal Building is this fountain.  You hear the fountain before you see it, unless you already know where it is.  Jets are arranged in a semi-circle at the front of the fountain and shoots water to the back of the fountain and the water them flows off the ledge in the back to the pool below.

The Bolling Building is located southeast across the street from the City Hall Building of Kansas City, Missouri and east of the Jackson County Circuit Courthouse.  If you go hunting for this one, remember you are downtown and parking can be a bit of challenge, especially if you go on a weekday.

Not sure why the water was blue. Perhaps the people in charge of building and grounds at the Bolling Building are big Royals fans.

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Erickson Water Garden

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Location:  Overland Park Arboretum, Overland Park, KS

Found:  May 19, 2015

The Erickson Water Garden in the Overland Park Arboretum.  A large pool being fed by a couple of waterfalls.  It is surrounded by plants, flowers and trees plus there is a small sculpture of a boy playing with a toy boat too.  When I visited, the back half of the water garden was cordoned off so I only got to take pictures from the far side of the pool.

The Overland Park Arboretum has a website here.  There are many different themed gardens, walking trails, a large pond, a visitor’s center and many sculptures, some of which are spread out among the gardens and another bunch are in the International Sculpture Garden.  There is a small admission, unless you go on Tuesday when it is free to enter.

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Freedom Fountain

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Location:  Clay County Administraton Building, 1 Courthouse Square, Liberty, MO

Found:  May 13, 2015

This drinking fountain was erected and dedicated in the summer of 2001 as a legacy freedom monument honoring African-American pioneers and their contributions to Clay County.

The fountain is located on the northeast side of the Clay County Administraion Building in downtown Liberty.  The historical marker is two-sided.  The side facing the fountain describes the memorial and what it is commemorating.  The other side has a listing of African-American pioneers, sorted by their varying roles in the community, by city (Excelsior Springs is included) and by time period.

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Terry Barnes Memorial Fountain

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Location:  William Jewell College, Liberty, MO

Found:  May 13, 2015

This fountain is located at the entrance of William Jewell College in Liberty at the intersection of E Mill Street and R.E. Bowles Drive.  The fountain is a memorial for Terry Barnes, a 1989 graduate of William Jewell.  It was a gift to the college from family and friends of Barnes and was installed in the spring on 2000.

The fountain consists of an almost complete circle of water jets.  The opening in the circle allows people to walk into the fountain while it is running.  There is a pedestal in the middle with “Terry Barnes Memorial Fountain” inscribed around it.  You can even sit on the pedestal in the middle of the fountain if you want.  For those not wanting to venture into the fountain, there are a couple of standard benches on the north side of the fountain.

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UN Peace Plaza Fountain

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Location:  U.N. Peace Plaza, W Walnut Street and W Lexington Avenue, Independence, MO

Found:  May 12, 2015

The U.N. Peace Plaza was built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations and formally dedicated by then-U.N. General Secretary Kofi Annan in 2003.  It’s creators describe it as the only memorial in the world to those serving in the peacekeeping forces of the United Nations.

The plaza consists of partially-walled concrete enclosure with the fountain as its centerpiece.  The memorial plaques are on a pedestal on the east side with the flagpoles.  The fountain is topped by a sculpture by Tom Corbin called “Girl with Dove.”  The water comes up through the middle of the fountain at the base of the sculpture.  The water then streams down a multi-coloured tiled dome and then down into the basin.

It is located at the intersection of West Walnut and West Lexington in Independence.  Across the street to the south is the Community of Christ Auditorium and across the street to the east is the unique architecture of the Community of Christ Temple with its tall spiral spire.

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Seville Light Fountain – Renovated

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Location:  Country Club Plaza, JC Nichols Parkway and West 47th Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 26, 2015

My original post on this fountain can be found here.  Some information about the renovations can be found here.

The Seville Light Fountain sat on the east end of Country Club Plaza and across the street from the JC Nichols Memorial Fountain, but sat there not working.  Its plumbing and electrical systems did not work.  The sidewalk around the fountain needed to be repaired.  Over the winter, when the Nichols fountain was surrounded by a fence and tarps, the Seville Light Fountain got its own covering as it underwent repairs.

Now, the Seville Fountain not only looks great, it works!  Water comes out of the faces on each side of the fountain now!  It has been years since this fountain was operable.  You may have never seen it work.  Go see it!

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JC Nichols Memorial Fountain – Renovated

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Location:  Mill Creek Park, West 47th Street and JC Nichols Parkway, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 26, 2015

You can read my original post on this fountain here.  You can read about the renovation here.

The JC Nichols Memorial Fountain was in dire need of repairs.  This fountain is an icon of Kansas City and it has been renovated and looks fabulous!  The fourth original missing dolphin was found and put in its proper place in the fountain.  The “replacement” dolphin is now a sculpture piece sitting northeast of the fountain proper along with a placard telling the story of the missing dolphin and the renovation.

Even if you saw it in the past, it is definitely worth going back and looking at it.  I cannot emphasize enough how great it looks now.  It looks almost brand-new now!

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