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Firefighters Fountain Update

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Location:  West 31st Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 13, 2016

Last year, the memorial section of the Firefighters Fountain was redesigned and constructed.  The reason was that, unfortunately, they ran out of room for names of firefighters who had fallen in the line of duty.

The new memorial was built between the fountain and old memorial.  It is made of aluminum and contains more room for names.  The old memorial had the names removed and replaced by plaques commemorating historic moments in the history of the Kansas City Fire Department.

Something that I found out about this fountain since the original post is that the outermost ring of water jets are made from fire hose nozzles.

The original post can be found here.

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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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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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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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Kansas City Life 100-Year Commemorative Plaza Fountain

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Location:  Kansas City Life Insurance Company, 3520 Broadway Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 20, 2014

In front of the Kansas City Life Insurance building is this small plaza that was built to commemorate 100 years of service and commitment to their customers.  It was the first Kugel Floating Ball Fountain in Kansas City (there are now two others, one at Kaufmann Stadium and the other at the Overland Park Soccer Complex).  The ball is made of red granite, is 3 feet in diameter and over a ton in weight.  It floats on top of a thin film of water that runs out from underneath it.  The ball will rotate freely in any direction as it floats and a person can make it rotate in whatever they direction they choose by touch.

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Children at Play Wall Fountain

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Location:  4706 Broadway, Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO

Found:  August 17, 2013

A small wall fountain featuring three children playing around the head of a bearded man.  Water flows out of a vase held by the children and into the pool below.

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September 2, 2013 – Removed old pictures, added new pictures

Penn Tower Atrium Fountains

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Location:  Penn Tower, 3100 Broadway, Kansas City, MO

Found:  August 16, 2013

Penn Tower can be found at the intersection of West 31st Street and Broadway and is across the street from the Firefighters Fountain.  Found inside Penn Tower on the first floor.  Penn Tower is an office building and a number of the offices look out onto the atrium inside.  Each fountain is located in a corner of the atrium.   The close-up photo above is of the East fountain.  The photo below is of the West fountain and was taken from the 2nd floor walkway above.

If you want to see these fountains, you will need to go on a weekday.  I tried to see them a couple of weekends ago and was informed by the guy at the security desk by the entrance that the fountains are turned off on the weekends.

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Eighth Street Fountain II

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Location:  West 8th Street and Broadway, Kansas City, MO

Found:  July 14, 2013

The Eighth Street Fountain is actually a double-sided fountain.  This side of the fountain faces the Garment District.  It consists of water running through five slits in the top of the fountain down into a round basin which overflows into a larger round basin.  The other side can be found here.

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September 22, 2013 – Removed old picture.  Added new pictures.

Eighth Street Fountain I

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Location:  West 8th Street and Broadway, Kansas City, MO

Found:  July 14, 2013

The Eighth Street Fountain is actually a double-sided fountain.  This side of the fountain faces the intersection of 8th and Broadway and consists of water cascading down a wall.  The other side can be found here.

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September 22, 2013 – Removed old picture.  Added new pictures.

Mermaid Fountain

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Location:  4747 Broadway, Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO

Found:  July 20, 2013

Located at the corner of Broadway and Nichols, in front of Michael Kors, on the Plaza.  The two mermaids are blowing into shells and the water comes out of the shell into the pool and there is a small fountain in the middle surrounding a sculpture of a praying child.  Any money thrown into the fountain is donated to Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Not that anyone ever would, but never ever drink or use the water from these fountains!  One hot day while I was on the plaza I saw a guy dip his dog in this fountain!  It may look clear and clean but you never know!

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September 2, 2013 – Removed old pictures.  Removed text referring to one of those pictures.  Added new pictures.  Added new text.