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49-63 Neighborhood Fountain

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Location:  East 58th Street and Lydia Avenue, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 12, 2016

AKA Lydia Street Neighborhood Fountain

Designed by artist Will Nettleship, this fountain is found in a green space at the intersection of E 58th and Lydia and bordered on the east by The Paseo.  It is in the 49-63 Neighborhood Coalition which encompasses many neighborhoods between 49th Street and 63rd Street.

The fountain is made of brick and concrete.  The water comes out at the top of the brick area and flows down to a drain.  Some bricks are raised causing the water to follow a predetermined course to the drain.  The concrete outcropping with brick lines is a theme of the green area as there are three others in the park of same design.

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American War Mothers Memorial Fountain

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Location:  East Meyer Boulevard and The Paseo, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 21, 2015

This fountain is in the small traffic circle at the intersection of East Meyer Boulevard and The Paseo.  It is a rectangular obelisk standing 18 feet tall in the middle of a basin.  It is dedicated to those who served in World War I.  Each side of the obelisk is marked with a star, except the west face which has the War Mothers’ emblem and the the years 1917 and 1918 inscribed.  The south face has a blue star is dedicated to those who were wounded, the east face has a gold star symbolizing those who died in the war and the north face has a white star for those who returned home uninjured.  On each side of the obelisk at the top is an eagle carved into the stone.

Research Medical Center is located to the north.  Dunn Park is to the south.  In Dunn Park, up by Meyer Boulevard, is a large solar panel.  This solar panel is what provides power to the fountain and allows it to operate.

This is the second entry I have made for this fountain.  This was the first time I had seen this fountain in operation, so it gets new pictures and the new page treatment.

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Women’s Leadership Fountain

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Location:  The Paseo and East 9th Street, Kansas City, MO

The second fountain built in Kansas City, it was completed in 1899, and its oldest working fountain.  After a long period of non-use, it was renovated in three stages, completed in 2003.  It is dedicated to 13 women who have made notable contributions to the city and a plaque will be added sometime in the future.

It is located at the north end of the median and faces East 9th.  There is really nowhere nearby to park, the nearest actual parking lot is a block north at a grocery store, and it’s a questionable neighborhood, so be careful out there if you’re walking.

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William T. Fitzsimons Memorial

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Location:  The Paseo and East 12th Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 21, 2013

This small fountain is part of a memorial dedicated to William T. Fitzsimons, the first American officer to give his life in World War I.  The water flows out of a lion’s head and into the limestone basin.  The memorial is on the south end of the median on The Paseo at East 12th Street.

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Harold D. Rice Memorial Fountain

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Location:  East 71st Terrace and The Paseo, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 14, 2013

In the median of The Paseo just south of the intersection with East 71st Terrace is where this fountain can be found.  It is dedicated to Harold D. Rice, who was the founder of the City of Fountains Foundation.  There’s a nice little courtyard constructed around the fountain with benches at the north and south ends.  Unfortunately, one of the benches on the north end was broken and shows up in a couple of the pictures.

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Marlborough Plaza Fountain

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Location:  East 79th Street and The Paseo, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 14, 2013

At one time this fountain was located at Country Club Plaza at the location now occupied by the Seville Light Fountain and it used to have a sculpture on it called “Boy with Fish.”  It was moved to its current location in 1968.  In 2012, the local neighborhood association renovated the fountain and site and renamed the fountain to the Marlborough Plaza Fountain.  The whereabouts of the sculpture that was with this fountain have been lost to time.

It is located at the South end of the median where The Paseo becomes a single two-way street at East 79th Street.

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