Monday, November 28, 2011

Kansas City: City of Fountains

When you think of the City of Fountains, you probably think of Rome, right? Well guess what? Kansas City, Missouri is called the City of Fountains, too! In fact, KC has the second most fountains of any city in the world, right behind Rome, Italy. Some say that KC actually has more working fountains than Rome.

Many of Kansas City's fountains are located at the Country Club Plaza. You can read what my pals over at A Tonk's Tail had to say about the Plaza in another #MOBlogPaws post, it's a pawsome spot to visit!


The J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain is the most photographed fountain in the city. The four horses are supposed to represent four rivers: the Mississippi, Volga, Rhine, and Seine.


The Neptune Fountain on the Plaza originally came from England and was installed in 1953.

The Bronze Boar has a sign telling visitors to rub his nose and drop a coin. All the coins go to Children's Mercy Hospital.


The Frog Fountain is located at Zona Rosa, another shopping district in Kansas City.


Some of Mom's favorite fountains are at Kauffman Stadium where the Royals play. Called the Water Spectacular, it is the largest privately owned fountain in the United States.


Although Kansas City, Missouri is known for its fountains, the entire metro area has fountains. This is the Lenexa City Hall Fountain, dyed pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They also dye it green for their annual Spinach Festival! It runs 24 hours a day, even in the winter.

My favorite thing about the KC fountains? The first fountains in Kansas City were designed by the Humane Society so that dogs and horses would have fresh water. Sounds like KCMO has been thinking about its animals for a very long time!

You can learn more about the fountains at the City of Fountains Foundation. Wouldn't you love to visit Kansas City? It would be a great location for a Blog Paws Conference if you ask me!

7 comments:

  1. WOW - We never knew that about Kansas City. Would be fun to take a tour around there.

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  2. That is sooooooo pawesome! Mommy sez she also likes the dancing waters in front of Union Station and at Crown Center.

    They were choreographed by the same person who did the dancing waters in Las Vegas at the Bellagio!

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  3. I had no idea about Kansas City and the fountains! A lot of your pictures look they might have been taken in Rome. They look beautiful.

    Your pal, Pip

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  4. L.A! L.A! L.A! L.A!
    I'm already almost 18 people!!

    =^..^=

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  5. Hi Sebastian. I love your run down on KC fountains. I have been lucky to see quite a number of them and sculptures through out the city. Some day I'd love to go back and photograph them. My kitties send headbonks. My Daisy is a shelter girl too.

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