Monthly Archives: April 2014

A Map of the Fountains

This map shows the location of each fountain that can be found on this blog.  It will be updated when I find and add fountains to the blog.  If you click on a marker, it will tell you what fountain it represents and will give you the link to its page.

Clicking on the “View Larger Map” link will give you the full-size map and also a list of the fountains along the left side.

Based on some questions I have received via e-mail, I just want to make clear that all the fountains on this blog are spread out over the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.  They are not all in one area, nor is there a “Fountain District” in Kansas City.  While there are areas, like Downtown KC or Country Club Plaza, where there are “clusters” of fountains, some fountains are far apart from one another.

For instance, if you would like to see the Erickson Water Garden and The Elms Fountains in the same day, know that, according to Google Maps, the trip will take you 55 miles and 1 hour to make.


American Legion #1

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Location:  Van Brunt Boulevard and Budd Esplanade Park, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 26, 2014

This fountain was originally located at 9th and Main in downtown KC but was relocated to its current location when a downtown redevelopment project was started in 1958.  There are four eagles carved into the top of the column, which rises to a height of six feet.  Two sides of the column have bronze plaques illustrating soldiers on one side and sailors on the other.  One of the other sides features the American Legion dedication and the last side has a quotation from Theodore Roosevelt.

Budd Park is a couple of blocks to the east.

NOTE – The Foundation refers to this one as #1 of the two American Legion fountains in Kansas City and I am following the Foundation’s naming convention.

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Capitol Federal Plaza Fountain

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Location:  Capitol Federal Savings Bank, 5501 Johnson Drive, Mission

Found:  April 26, 2014

At the corner of Johnson Drive and Nall Avenue in Mission.  The multi-hued blue tiling gives a nice contrast to the surrounding concrete and ties in nicely with the main building.

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Concourse Fountain

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Location:  The Concourse, Benton Boulevard and St. John Avenue, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 26, 2014

This fountain can be found in The Concourse park northeast of downtown KC.  It is across the street from Kessler Park and the John F. Kennedy Memorial.  This fountain is popular in the summer as children are able to play in it.

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Ilus W. Davis Civic Mall Fountain

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Location:  Ilus W. Davis Park, East 11th Street and Oak Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 26, 2014

Ilus W. Davis Park, named after a former mayor of Kansas City, is located in downtown Kansas City and is bordered by East 9th and 11th Streets on the north and south, Oak and Locust Streets on the west and east and East 10th Street bisects the park.  The Civic Mall Fountain and Reflecting Pool are located in the south half of the park.  The fountains are small so that the wind doesn’t affect them too much.  Water runs down the waterfall from the fountains to the sunken reflecting pool.  In one of the pictures, you can see a bird taking advantage of the pool.  At the southwest corner of the park is a statue of Ilus W. Davis.

Kansas City City Hall is across the street to the south.  The Charles Evans Whittaker United States Courthouse is the cresecent-shaped building across the street to the north.

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Vince & Associates Waterfall

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Location:  Vince & Associates Clinical Research, 10103 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park

Found:  April 26, 2014

On the north side of the Vince & Associates building sits this waterfall fountain which runs year round.  Vince & Associates is also well-known for their Christmas displays which are located in front of the waterfall.  In the winter, the waterfall freezes over.

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I have gone through and added a link to Google Maps for each fountain.  If you click on the link for the location of the fountain on each fountain page, it will take you to a Google map showing the location of the fountain (or as close as I could get, I had to trick Google for a few of them to get the marker as close to the actual location of the fountain as it would let me).

I am also working on an overall map of the metro area with a marker at each fountain location as I find and post them.  Each marker will have a link to that fountain’s page.  I hope to have it finished and posted soon.

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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