Kansas City in Platte County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
City of Fountains
City of great barbeque? True. City of great jazz? Also true. City of fountains? Right again. Among Kansas City’s greatest claims to fame is our plethora of beautiful ornamental fountains.
The love of fountains and statuary began in the 1890s when Kansas City’s park and boulevard system was first developed with the vision of real estate mogul, J.C. Nicols. Today, his vision lives on at major intersections and even on neighborhood street corners, where Greek and Roman statues and trickling fountains are as common a sight as stop signs. Take a day, if you can, to explore these amazing specimens. You won’t have to go far, there’s a fountain or statue (or both) in practically every neighborhood.
Start your tour at the Country Club Plaza, home to some of the finest examples of fountains, most of which were created by internationally known artists. Among them, created in England, are the Fountain of Bacchus, brought to the Plaza in 1911, and the Muse of the Missouri. Also making a dramatic splash is the Fountain of Neptune, an 8,000-pound cast-lead depiction of the Roman god of the sea.
Other notable examples around town include the breathtaking Rozelle Court Fountain at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the Firefighters Fountain at 31st & Broadway, and the Vietnam Veteran’s Fountain on Broadway near Westport. Crown Center
Erected by Kansas City International Airport. (Marker Number C10.)
Location. 39° 19′ N, 94° 41.677′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Platte County. Click for map. Marker is at Passenger Kiosk C10, in Economy Parking Lot C, at Kansas City International Airport, 601 Brasilia Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64153, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Heart of the Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); Sweet Tooth (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); One of KC's Oldest (about 500 feet away); Lewis and Clark (about 700 feet away); On The River (about 800 feet away); The Stockyards (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shoe Parties (approx. 0.2 miles away); All That Jazz (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kansas City.
More about this marker. The Economy Parking Lots' passenger kiosks each have unique historical markers and flashy artwork to help passengers remember where they parked.
Also see . . . Brief History of Kansas City's Fountains. (Submitted on June 8, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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