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.
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.