Observation Park Fountain

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Location:  Observation Park, W 20th Street and Holly Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  February 5, 2016

On the north side of Observation Park is this wall fountain.  You can find it by starting at the intersection of 20th and Holly and taking the sidewalk leading east from there.  You will see a tall block wall with staircases leading up into the park.  This fountain is found at the bottom of that wall.

The fountain does not run.  However, it’s fairly obvious how it worked.  Water came out of the mouth of the lion and into the basin.  Also, due to its secluded location, the city has had problems with graffitti over the years.

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Frank S. Land Memorial

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Location:  8640 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri

Found:  January 31, 2016

The Frank S. Land Memorial is a memorial sculpture and was, at one time, also an operational fountain.  I’m not sure if it was once part of a fountain or if the memorial itself was the actual fountain.  This memorial has been relocated at least once, if my research is accurate.  The memorial is currently located in front of the Masonic Hall on Holmes Road.

Frank S. Land was a business and community leader in Kansas City and also the founder of the Order of DeMolay (aka DeMolay International), which is now an international youth organization.

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Crown Center Christmas

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Location:  2450 Grand Boulevard, Crown Center, Kansas City, MO

Found:  December 19 (night) and December 21 (day), 2015

This was the first time I had ever been at Crown Center at Christmastime and I was not disappointed.  The mayor’s Christmas tree, about 100 feet tall, is the centerpiece of the display.  All the trees are lit up and there are castles and nutcracker statues in place.  I went there with a friend on the evening of the 19th.  It was an overcast day when I returned on the 21st to buy my friend a Christmas present.

All the fountains (Crown Center Square and Crown Center Entrance Fountains) were on.  I don’t know if they run all the time or if it was just because of the above average temperatures Kansas City had in December.

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Adams Dairy Parkway Fountain

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Location:  NE Adams Dairy Parkway & NE R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO

Found:  September 13, 2015

A gateway fountain for the City of Blue Springs.  It is dedicated to the historic Adams Family Dairy.  It is located on the corner of the former location of the dairy.

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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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