Forest View Fountain and Waterfall

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Location:  West 119th Street and South Clare Road, Olathe, KS

Found:  July 3, 2015

As you turn south onto Clare Road off of 119th Street, you first see the fountain and then the waterfall for the Forest View subdivision in Olathe.

The fountain is a kind of mini-waterfall with two pipes, one on either side of the stone Forest View sign, bubbling out water which falls down into the pool below.

The waterfall is impressive.  It is very tall and wide.  It looks like the water starts at the top and goes down the first fall into a pool or flat area which then runs over to the bottom falls.  The waterfall is built into the side of the hill and blends into the natural stone.  There are trees, shrubs and flowers planted all around and all is maintained very nicely.

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Frog Fountain

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Location:  Zona Rosa, Kansas City, MO

Found:  June 28, 2015

The Frog Fountain is located towards the north end of the Zona Rosa shopping area.  I had been to Zona Rosa a few times prior but this was the first time I had seen it running.  It was undergoing maintenance and repairs last year and so, obviously, is was not in operation.  This was the second or third time I had been out this year and finally it was running.

A fun little fountain.  The main pool has two frogs on lilypads in the center with five frogs on the outer ring of the pool and each frog is shooting water from its mouth in the direction it is facing.  The pool also has its own small jets or bubblers, whichever term you prefer.  The fun part is the two pairs of frogs in the planters under the trees.  Each set of outer frogs will shoot water from their mouths over the walking path and into the center pool.  They shoot the water high enough to where you can walk underneath it, although you’re still going to get a little bit of water on you, especially if its windy.  I was able to catch a couple of pictures of the outer frogs in the act.

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Goddess of the Spring

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Location:  Mission Drive and West 55th Street, Mission Hills, KS

Found:  June 28, 2015

Across the street from the Mission Hills Country Club and Golf Course on a traffic island at the intersection of Mission Drive and West 55th sits the Goddess of the Spring.  The goddess looks to be carrying items on or in a large seashell while standing on an even larger shell.  The water comes out of that shell and falls into the pool below.  Flowers, shrubs and small trees surround the fountain.  The goddess keeps an eye on the golf course across the street.

I have been told that this fountain is named Goddess of the Spring but I have been unable so far to find anything to verify that so that is the name I am going with.  Should I ever find different, I will change the name.

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Mission Hills Fountain

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Location:  West 56th Street, High Drive and East Mission Drive, Mission Hills, KS

Found:  June 28, 2015

While looking for the Goddess of the Spring, I took a wrong turn and came across this fountain that I did not know existed until today.  It is in a traffic island at the intersection of the three streets listed above.

The fountain features an angel or cherub holding what looks to be a fish of some sort.  Water is coming out of the fish’s mouth as well as from inside the top ring.  The water falls down to the bottom ring and flows over the side into the basin below.  The shrubbery is very obviously cut into a distinct pattern and I have included a Google Map picture below to show what it looks like from above.

The fountain is located in the Mission Hills subdivision in Mission Hills, Kansas.  Until I am able to find another name for it, I will refer to it as the Mission Hills Fountain.  It is located approximately a block or so east of the Mission Hills Country Club and Golf Course.

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VFW Centennial Plaza

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Location:  Broadway Boulevard and West 33rd Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  June 28, 2015

Facing Broadway and in front of the parking lot for the VFW building is the VFW Centennial Plaza.

The plaza features the sculpture Citizen Soldier by Jim Brothers.  Behind the sculpture is a wall featuring the emblems for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.  To the right of the sculpture, behind a low wall, are five plaques signifying different aspects of the VFW and the military experience.  At the base of each of the plaques are two bubblers, giving the fountain aspect to the plaza.  The bricks in front of the armed services emblems and the plaques are dedicatory bricks featuring names of people who served their country.

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Three Graces Fountain

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Location:  Mannheim Hall, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

Found:  June 28, 2015

In the quad in front of Mannheim Hall on the Volker campus of UMKC is this fountain that features an arrangement of rocks and boulders over a pool with a water jet in the middle.

This is not the original configuration of the fountain.  Originally, it was an open pool with three small sculptures representing the Three Graces and was placed in 1940.  Over the years, the small nude sculptures were repeatedly the subjects of student pranks.  The fountain was disassembled and sculptures were placed in storage in 1973.  To the chagrin of many over the years, the sculptures have seemed to disappeared.  (Source story – UMKC)

The current fountain is in the location of the original fountain.  I have been unable to determine if the current fountain has a name of its own and so I use the original name.

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Waterfall Park

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Location:  Waterfall Park, 5191 Merriam Lane, Merriam, KS

Found:  June 28, 2015

OK.  I’m cheating a bit.  This is most definitely not a fountain, but it is a neat and easily accessible waterfall tucked away in Merriam.

Waterfall Park is part of Merriam’s Turkey Creek Streamway Trail.  It is named after it’s most prominent feature.  There are a couple of athletic fields in the park as well as an access point to the trail.  There is an overlook for the waterfall that has a bench you can sit on and watch the waterfall or the trains on the tracks across Turkey Creek or traffic on I-35 beyond the tracks.  There are levels of cut limestone that one can climb/walk down to get closer pictures and closer to the creek itself if the water level is not too high.

This was not the first time I had ever been here but the first time I have visited since I decided to add it to the site.  The entire trail system down to 67th Street is worth at least one walkthrough as it winds through downtown Merriam and features a nice walking trail.  Ducks and geese are often found in the creek.

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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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