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Cedar Creek Falls

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Location:  Lake Olathe, W Dennis Ave (or W 143th Street) and S Wardcliff Drive, Olathe, KS

Found:  July 10, 2016

This natural waterfall is located on the south side of Dennis Avenue (or 143rd Street, whichever you prefer, but the street signs say Dennis in this area) where Cedar Creek empties into Lake Olathe at the south end of the lake.  The Dennis Avenue bridge crosses over the south end of the lake and you can see the falls as you drive by.  The falls were running pretty good this day as I’m sure all the recent rains are keeping the creeks flowing.

It is a popular fishing area in that the pool where Cedar Creek empties into is easily accessible.  There are large rocks down to the lake’s edge on the east side.  As you can see in a couple of pictures, there was a man and his two kids fishing the day I took the photos.  Do be careful though, it is uneven terrain.

There is a small turnout on the southeast end of the bridge, but if someone is already there fishing that spot may be taken and it’s big enough for maybe two vehicles, depending on how they parked.  There is a driveway to nowhere a little west of bridge on the south side, but there was someone parked there the day I was there.  If you go a little further west of the bridge, on the north side there is what looks to be a camping area, that may or may not be used anymore as there were no signs anywhere, that you can pull into.  It is maybe a quarter-mile away, if that far, and you will have to cross the road to get to the waterfall.

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City of Olathe Fountain – 135th Street

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Location:  W 135th Street, just west of S Pflumm Road, Olathe, KS

Found:  July 10, 2016

This fountain is at the eastern city limits of Olathe in the median of 135th Street, just west of Pflumm Road.  It is a large combination waterfall/fountain/planter.  On Google Maps, I measure it at about 120 feet in total length.  Due to fences on the south side of the road and trees on the north side of the road, it is very difficult to get the entire length of the fountain in one shot.  I tried though.

The middle section is a double-sided waterfall.  The side facing east has a sign that says “City of Olathe” to greet traffic entering Olathe city limits.  Each side of the waterfall has its own pool.  The two waterfall sides are identical, except there is no sign on the west-facing side.  The sides facing the street have a design on it that, to me, resembles a fountain or, maybe, a sunrise.

The east part is the fountain part.  It is a long pool sectioned off into 10 separate, but joined, pools.  Every other pool has a small bubbler in it.

The west part is a large planter that is home to five good-sized trees and the trees are roughly spaced out to resemble the bubbler spacing on the east end.

There are businesses nearby on the north side of the street where you can park and walk to the fountain.  You will have to go west on 135th to get to the streets that give access to the fountain.  Be careful though.  135th Street can be fairly busy.

I mentioned 135th Street in the post title because there is also a City of Olathe fountain in the median of 119th Street east of Interstate 35 and I wanted to be sure to differentiate between the two.

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Ridgeview Falls

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Location:  W 119th Street and Ridgeview Road, Olathe, KS

Found:  June 12, 2016

The Ridgeview Falls addition is a collection of businesses and restaurants at the corner of 119th and Ridgeview.  This waterfall looms above what would be an otherwise boring drainage basin.  There is a large pergola-like structure next to the CoreFirst Bank at the top of the waterfall and just off the parking lot.

If you decide to visit, note that the drainage basin has a fence almost all the way around it to keep people from falling off the top of the retaining wall.  It is open at the intersection though.  Also, since it is a drainage basin, it could be wet and muddy.  So, watch your step if you go walking out into it.

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Forest View Fountain and Waterfall

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Location:  West 119th Street and South Clare Road, Olathe, KS

Found:  July 3, 2015

As you turn south onto Clare Road off of 119th Street, you first see the fountain and then the waterfall for the Forest View subdivision in Olathe.

The fountain is a kind of mini-waterfall with two pipes, one on either side of the stone Forest View sign, bubbling out water which falls down into the pool below.

The waterfall is impressive.  It is very tall and wide.  It looks like the water starts at the top and goes down the first fall into a pool or flat area which then runs over to the bottom falls.  The waterfall is built into the side of the hill and blends into the natural stone.  There are trees, shrubs and flowers planted all around and all is maintained very nicely.

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Flux

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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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Civic Center Park Fountain

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Location:  East Santa Fe Street and Chestnut Street, Olathe, KS

Found:  May 3, 2014

In 2013, the city of Olathe began construction to turn downtown properties into park space.  This lot is across the street to the southeast of Olathe City Hall and R.R. Osborne Plaza.  This park was formally opened and dedicated on April 25, 2014.  It is across the street from the Civic Center Park Reflecting Pool.

At this time, I do not know if the fountain has a specific name.  After some research, this park and the one across the street are apparently referred to as Civic Center Park with perhaps directional modifers, North and South on them (this one would be the south park if that is so).

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Civic Center Park Reflecting Pool

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Location:  East Santa Fe Street and Chestnut Street, Olathe, KS

Found:  May 3, 2014

In 2013, the city of Olathe began construction to turn downtown properties into park space.  This lot is across the street to the east of Olathe City Hall and R.R. Osborne Plaza.  There is a small fountain set in amongst limestone blocks and water gently flows from the top pool down to the lower pool.  Along the sidewalks on the north side of the pool are plaques commemorating each of the six Olathe residents who went on to become the Governor of Kansas.  This park was formally opened and dedicated on April 25, 2014.  It is across the street from the Civic Center Park Fountain.

At this time, I do not know if the fountain has a specific name.  After some research, this park and the one across the street are apparently referred to as Civic Center Park with perhaps directional modifers, North and South on them (this one would be the north park if that is so).

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R. R. Osborne Plaza Fountain

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Location:  R.R. Osborne Plaza, Olathe City Hall, 100 East Santa Fe Street, Olathe

Found:  August 3, 2013

AKA Olathe City Hall Fountain.  Sitting on the West side of Olathe City Hall is the R.R. Osborne Plaza which contains 3 art works and this fountain.  In the background of the fountain above is the art work entitled “Reflective Places” which is made from tiles.

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September 1, 2013 – Removed old pictures.  Added new pictures.

Children of the Trails

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Location:  Johnson County Courthouse, 100 N Kansas Avenue, Olathe

Found:  August 3, 2013

Located in the plaza approximately halfway between the old and new Johnson County Courthouses.  The sculpture consists of a boy, girl and a dog running with 5 doves in flight overhead.  Has also been called the Olathe City Hall Fountain as, apparently, it was once located at or near the Olathe City Hall.  A plaque on the fountain dedicates the fountain to those children lost on the trails during the settler days.

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September 1, 2013 – Removed old pictures.  Added new pictures.