Monthly Archives: September 2014

Briarcliff Village Fountain

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Location:  Briarcliff Village, 4151 N Mulberry Drive, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 27, 2014

In the Briarcliff Village shopping area outside of the Piropos restaurant.  You can see it when you enter the shopping area.  Made of white marble or faux marble.  Small in diameter but fairly tall, maybe 10 feet.  I had actually visited this fountain twice before but this was first time I found it running.

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9th & Broadway Bench Fountain

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Location:  West 9th Street and Broadway Boulevard, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 21, 2014

Actually found by fellow fountain hunter Alexis Bechtold and she asked me if I knew anything about it.  Despite driving by it numerous times when I was based out of my employer’s downtown office for a few months, I never noticed it until she mentioned it to me.

At street level there is a semi-circular bench under some trees.  The fountains are behind it.  They empty into a pool behind the bench and then that pool empties through the animal’s (I think it’s a lion) head down into a lower pool, which is also located behind a bench.  I believe these areas are meant as rest areas for workers in the building judging by the No Smoking signs present.  If I ever find out if this has a name, I will change the name of this post.

The sculpture “The Descent of Civilization aka Bison Memorial” is just outside the tree covered bench at street level.

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Independence Plaza Fountains

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Location:  Independence Plaza Park, Independence Avenue and Park Avenue, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 21, 2014

Independence Plaza Park is actually two parks on both sides of Independence Avenue.  The north park has a playground.  The fountains are in the one on the south side of the road.  There are two identical fountains in the park and, other than a couple of benches and the sidewalks, they are the only things in the south park.

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Westwood (KS) Fountain

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Location:  Mission Road and West 47th Street, Westwood, KS

Found:  September 21, 2014

Small fountain for the city of Westwood, Kansas (not to be confused with Westwood Hills, KS or Westwood, MO) located on the southeast quad of the intersection of West 47th and Mission Road.  There are 5 water jets in a slightly sunken fountain surrounded by decorative brick work and landscaping with a sign for the City of Westwood in the back.

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Carl J. Dicapo Fountain

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Location:  Kessler Park, 4164 Cliff Drive, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 21, 2014

The Carl J. DiCapo fountain is a recirculating waterfall using natural rock and a cliff-side setting to bring attention to a natural spring.  It is located in Kessler Park along the Cliff Drive Scenic Byway.  It’s very tall, I’d say about 30 feet, maybe taller.  You can hear the roar of the falls before you see it.  The address above is an approximate address designed to give you the location on Google Maps.

A note about Kessler Park.  The roads within Kessler Park are closed to vehicular traffic on the weekends (I took a picture of the sign on the park gate which is below).  So, if you go hunting for this one on the weekend you will need to park your car at the park gate at the east end of Cliff Drive where it meets Gladstone Boulevard and then walk in (or bike, skate, skateboard or whatever floats your boat).  It is about a quarter mile west of the park gate.  Also, if you follow the walking path along the north side of Gladstone you will eventually come across a large electrical cabinet.  Next to that cabinet is a dirt path into the woods that leads to the top of the waterfall.

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Location:  Olathe Community Center, 1205 E Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS

Found:  August 31, 2014

Next to the main entrance of the new Olathe Community Center.  The sculpture, made of aluminum, is by Kansas City artist Beth Nybeck.  Water bubbles up out of the sculpture base and also out of each of the three stones around the sculpture.  The center officially opened on July 3, 2014 and the sculpture was installed sometime afterwards so it is brand new.

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Sunset Building Fountain

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Location:  Johnson County Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 South Sunset Drive, Olathe, KS

Found:  August 31, 2014

This fountain and reflecting pool is located at Johnson County’s Sunset Drive Office Building north of Olathe.  It is at the main entrance of the building and can cross a bridge over the pool from the parking lot to the entrance if they so choose.  There is a small bubbling fountain near the windows next to the entrance.  Water flows down over a small fall and then turns 90 degrees and goes to the end of the pool.

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Harvester KC

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Location:  UMB Bank, 1010 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 11, 2014

This fountain is based around the sculpture “Harvester KC” by Nancy Graves, which depicts typical midwestern items.  It is located in the open-air courtyard of the UMB Bank Building in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.  It is accessible by the open-air entrance to the courtyard at the corner of 11th Street & Walnut Street (The building’s actual address is 1010 Grand Boulevard).  The sculpture and fountain are in a straight-line view once you enter the walkway to the courtyard.  There are 14 small water jets in the pavement in front of the sculpture and the water drains back down through the the pavement squares.

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