The Fountain of Time by Loredo Taft was dedicated in Chicago in 1922. Taft spent fifteen years on the project and even included himself as one of the figures. The fountain is 125 feet long and contains 100 figures passing before Father Time. It represents the full spectrum of humanity in varying stages of life … Continue reading
Tower Grove Park in St. Louis opened in 1868 with the then largest variety of tree species (over 200) of any urban park in the country. Today it still holds that honor with 7500 trees covering 325 species. The stone blocks in the photos came from the Lindell Hotel which burned in 1867. They were … Continue reading
The Elk Fountain was donated to the City of Portland OR in 1900. It has four water troughs for horses and is still serving them to this day. The early photo is ca.1900.
Buckingham Fountain was donated to the City of Chicago by Kate Buckingham in honor of her brother. She left $1,000,000 ($14,000,000 in today’s dollars) for construction and maintenance. It is still one of the largest fountains in the world with 15,000 gallons per minute flowing to a height of 50 feet. The fountain contains 1,500,000 … Continue reading
The Dupont Fountain sits in a Washington D.C. traffic circle and was dedicated in 1921 However, it originally was a Civil War memorial honoring Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Dupont. It was installed in 1884 and had only footpaths around it as seen in the 1900 photo (click to enlarge). The monument was replaced by the … Continue reading
The fountain in Forsyth Park in Savannah Georgia was built in 1858. There are identical fountains in Cuzco, Peru; Madison, Indiana; and Poughkeepsie, NY – identical because they were purchased from a New York City catalogue for $3,000 each. Forsyth Park’s fountain has survived the Civil War, vandalism, and severe weather in it’s 158-year history. … Continue reading
The Lotta Crabtree Fountain was a gift to the people of San Francisco in 1875 as a sign of Lotta’s love for the city that so admired her as a vaudevillian during the Gold Rush. She went on to become one of the highest paid female performers of her time. The fountain is the oldest … Continue reading