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Avila University Fountain

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Location:  Avila University, 11901 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 15, 2016

This fountain is located on the campus of Avila University in the Jeanne Hamilton Olofson Plaza.  It flanks both sides of the steps leading up to Blasco Hall.  It is at the “front” of the campus and is easily seen from the parking lot there at the corner of Wornall and 118th Street.  The plaza is very open and “roomy” and I imagine that a number of university events occur here.

The two fountains are identical.  They both have four levels with three bubblers in each of the top three levels.  Water starts at the top level at the top of the stairs and flows down to the next level and so on until it reaches the final basin at the lowest level.  Each bubbler has a light next to it and there is a light in the bottom level.  The lights were on when I was out there and I saw most were tinted red and I also saw green and blue.  I imagine it looks pretty good at night.

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Rockhurst Fountain

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Location:  Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 14, 2016

When you enter Rockhurst University by the 54th Street entrance, you will immediately see the bell tower ahead of you (although it is kind of behind a new building that was completed last year now).  Next to the bell tower is a big pergola.  Underneath the pergola is outdoor seating for students to relax and across from the pergola is the fountain.  The fountain was dedicated in 2000 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. McRae Geschwind.

The fountain resembles a play fountain in that the fountains are in the ground and one could walk through or stand under the fountains.  The fountains shoot up to different heights and the ones in the back corners are double fountains.  There is no sign forbidding entry into the fountain so if one doesn’t mind getting wet, I assume one could walk into it.  However, there is a sign asking people not to drink the water, so there’s got to be a story behind that somewhere.

This is an updated post.  I just never really liked the pictures I had before and finally made it back out to get new pictures.  I also took pictures of the dedicatory plaque, which I apparently missed the first time, and the inscription on the side of the bell tower.  The “Please do not drink the water” sign was not there on my last trip and I could not resist snapping it.

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Grand River Chapel Fountain

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Location:  William Jewell College, 500 College Hill, Liberty, MO

Found:  May 7, 2016

The Grand River Chapel is east of the intersection of E Mississippi Street and N Jewell Street on the campus of William Jewell College.  The fountain sits in a small courtyard outside of the chapel.  Plenty of seating and lots of trees, plants and flowers around the courtyard and the paths leading up to it.

The fountain sits in the middle of a stone basin.  Water shoots out the top and works its way down each of the levels until it falls into the basin.

When visiting, keep in mind you are on a college campus and parking may be a little difficult.  If you go on a weekday, you will have to find a visitor’s parking spot.  If you go on a weekend, you will probably have an easier time as the faculty spots are freed up.  Also, Mississippi is a one-way street going west until it meets up with Jewell.  At the intersection, go north on Jewell and follow that road around until you get to the parking at the bottom of the hill from the chapel near the intersection.  The college bookstore and union are across the street to the south.

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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 gone missing.  (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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Terry Barnes Memorial Fountain

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Location:  William Jewell College, Liberty, MO

Found:  May 13, 2015

This fountain is located at the entrance of William Jewell College in Liberty at the intersection of E Mill Street and R.E. Bowles Drive.  The fountain is a memorial for Terry Barnes, a 1989 graduate of William Jewell.  It was a gift to the college from family and friends of Barnes and was installed in the spring on 2000.

The fountain consists of an almost complete circle of water jets.  The opening in the circle allows people to walk into the fountain while it is running.  There is a pedestal in the middle with “Terry Barnes Memorial Fountain” inscribed around it.  You can even sit on the pedestal in the middle of the fountain if you want.  For those not wanting to venture into the fountain, there are a couple of standard benches on the north side of the fountain.

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Epperson House Wall Fountain

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Location:  Epperson House, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 5200 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 21, 2013

This no longer operational wall fountain can be found at the east end of the Epperson House on the campus of UMKC.  Water used to flow out of the lion’s mouth and into the basin below.  Epperson House was completed in 1923 and was later donated to UMKC in 1942.  It is currently vacant and awaiting renovations.  The house has quite a history and there are numerous stories of ghosts and supernatural events occuring in and around the house.

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Gift of Life Fountain


Location:  Stowers Institute for Medical Research, 1000 East 50th Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 21, 2013

On the west side of the Stowers Institute sits this complex and multi-featured fountain.  There are fountains, waterfalls, a simulated rapids running through a walking path, a sculpture, an outdoor shelter at the top and pools.  The water starts at the top with 5 fountains, cascades down a couple of water falls and then spreads down to the outer reaches of the fountain pools.  There is a stone pedestal with the sculpture called “Joie de Vivre” on top of it that is actually a fountain as water flows out the top of the pedestal.  The last fountain is in the far west pool.

Easily the most pictures I have taken at one location.


Park University Waterfall

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Location:  Park University, 8700 NW River Park Drive, Parkville

Found:  August 31, 2013

On the east side of the entrance to Park University sits this waterfall fountain.  Two separate falls run down to a pool.  Just down the road and across the street from the Parkville Spirit Fountain.

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