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Ranch Mart Wall Fountain

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Location:  Ranch Mart Shopping Center, 3705 W 95th Street, Leawood, KS

Found:  May 12, 2016

This wall fountain can be found on the main Ranch Mart building between Ranchview Floral & Interior and CVS.  It is a highly-detailed lion’s head which would normally have water coming out of the mouth into the small basin beneath it which would then overflow into the basin on the ground.  However, this fountain was not running and it all looked dry so I do not know when it was last in operation or if it even operates at all.

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Briarcliff Hilltop Fountain

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Location:  Briarcliff Hilltop, 1251 NW Briarcliff Parkway, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 14, 2016

In the Briarcliff area of Riverside is this fountain.  It is in front of and along the entrance to the area with the Courtyard Hotel and the Briarcliff Hilltop Office Building.

The water comes out the top and into the top basin and then into the middle basin and down into the pool.  Around the bottom are three seated women in different poses.  In between each pair of women, there is a lion’s head that has water coming out of its mouth down into the seashell below it.  The outside of the pool has a repeating pattern on it.

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Zona Rosa Clock Tower Fountain

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Location:  Zona Rosa, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 14, 2016

At the entrance to Zona Rosa off Berry Road is the Zona Rosa Clock Tower.  In the east face of the tower is this small fountain.  It is a small lion face with a stream of water coming out of its mouth down into the small basin at the foot of the tower.  There is a small path leading up to the founain.  There is a parking lot right behind the clock tower.

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Observation Park Fountain

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Location:  Observation Park, W 20th Street and Holly Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  February 5, 2016

On the north side of Observation Park is this wall fountain.  You can find it by starting at the intersection of 20th and Holly and taking the sidewalk leading east from there.  You will see a tall block wall with staircases leading up into the park.  This fountain is found at the bottom of that wall.

The fountain does not run.  However, it’s fairly obvious how it worked.  Water came out of the mouth of the lion and into the basin.  Also, due to its secluded location, the city has had problems with graffitti over the years.

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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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Lions Club Fountain

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Location:  Leawood City Park, 10601 Lee Boulevard, Leawood, KS

Found:  June 18, 2014

This small fountain is tucked inside these large evergreen trees behind the aquatic center in Leawood City Park.  If the flagpole wasn’t there, you would probably not even realize that there was something located in those trees.

The fountain itself consists of a single lion’s head from which water spurts out into the pool below.  The fountain is dedicated to past, present and future members of the Leawood chapter of the Lions Club.  The flagpole is located behind the fountain and predates it actually.  There is a dedication plaque at its foot.

The Leawood City Park Fountain is south of here.

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Cherokee and 71st Fountain

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Location:  Cherokee Drive and W 71st Street, Prairie Village, KS

Found:  June 18, 2014

This fountain is found on the traffic island formed where Cherokee Drive forks off of West 71st Street.  The fountain features a cherub or angel holding what I think is a fish.  The water for the fountain comes out of the fish’s mouth.  There are three fauns, or satyrs, sitting around the bowl of the fountain and then the water falls into the basin below.  The basin had very little water in it when I took the picture.  A lion’s head can be found at the base of the fountain.  There are nice flowers and plants planted around the basin and a small tree grows behind the fountain.

If this fountain has a particular name, I have not been able to find it.  Therefore, I have named it after the streets.

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Commerce Bank Fountains

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Location:  Commerce Bank Building, 1000 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 20, 2014

While the Commerce Bank Building’s address is 1000 Walnut, these fountains are located at the entrance facing the intersection of 10th Street and Main Street.  Each fountain consists of water coming out of a small lion’s head down into the basin below.  The two fountains look to be identical.

In the background of the main picture above and one of the pictures below, you can see the Kemper Memorial Fountain across the street.

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The Fountains Retail Center Fountain

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Location:  The Fountains Luxury Retail Center, West 119th Street and Glenwood Street, Overland Park

Found:  October 6, 2014

On the southeast corner of the intersection of W 119th and Glenwood at the entrance to the Fountains Luxury Retail Center.  Fountain faces the intersection and consists of four small fountains in the pool while water runs out of the lion’s mouth from above.  The Cheesecake Factory parking lot is behind 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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