The City of Fountains...Kansas City

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Realty Suburban

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Kansas City....the "City Of Fountains".   Truly beautiful.  As you drive north on Ward Parkway, early on a spring morning, the trees are budding and the flowers are blooming, you come upon the circle fountain at Meyer Boulevard...gorgeous!

 

The interest in fountains began in the late 1800s.  The first fountains were practical in purpose.  They were of animals like birds, horses, dogs, etc.; the fountains were for beautification of the city.  It was not until the early 1900s, the development of the Country Club Plaza, by J.C. Nichols, and his use of fountains to replicate the town of Seville, Spain, when the interest in fountains exploded.  

 

boy and frog fountain

 

 

 

A walk thru the Country club plaza, music on the corners, with an unexpected fountain here and there.  My favorite is the "Boy and The Frog" fountain found at 302 Nichols Road & Central Avenue. The fun and innocence of childhood is depicted in this fountain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for a wonderful site for the history of the Kansas City Fountains

Comments (5)

Danny Smith
DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES - Round Rock, TX
This is a neat informative Blog! So how many foutains still exist there? Do you have more pics?
Jan 28, 2007 04:31 PM
Jacqueline McCroy Elbert
RE/MAX Realty Suburban - Overland Park, KS
Danny-approx. 198 fountains.  Pictures?  Have I got pictures.....
Jan 28, 2007 11:46 PM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

With our drought conditions in southern Nevada, we're limited in our number of fountains. Besides the Bellagio, you really don't see too many in Las Vegas.

Jan 29, 2007 01:44 AM
Danny Smith
DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES - Round Rock, TX
So are you going to post some more? I can remember as a kid there used to be drinking fountains on main street where I lived. You don't even see those anymore. Wish I had one to put in my backyard.
Jan 29, 2007 07:22 AM
Jacqueline McCroy Elbert
RE/MAX Realty Suburban - Overland Park, KS

Danny--Thanx for your comments. I will get somemore fountain photos.

John--I have lived in KC since 1968 (ok, my age is showing) and I cannot recall a time when the fountains were turned off because of drought.  I will have to see if that ever happened.

Jan 29, 2007 03:08 PM