Category Archives: Muse of the Missouri

Muse of the Missouri

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Location:  Main Street between 8th Street and 9th Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 20, 2014

AKA David Woods Kemper Memorial Fountain

The Muse of the Missouri sits in the median of Main Street between 8th and 9th Streets in downtown Kansas City.  The sculpture is of a goddess giving her interest and guidance on the Missouri River.  The fish were meant to be of species native to the Missouri River but the artist found catfish too ugly and carp unworkable so he created hybrids with carp bodies and bluefish heads.

There are 200 spouts of water, including the fish on the sculpture, in the fountain.  Water works its way down from the sculpture into the basins below and going from the highest basin to the lowest.  The fountain is dedicatd to David Woods Kemper, who was killed in Europe during the last days of World War II.

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