Springfield in Clark County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
In 1889, Mayor Oliver S. Kelly donated funds for construction of a forty-one foot high, cast-iron fountain on the Esplanade, dedicated to the people of Springfield. The site was then renamed Fountain Square and Market Street became Fountain Avenue.
This fountain is now the centerpiece of the Square, standing as a monument to our rich heritage and a symbol of growth and prosperity for a third century.
The restoration of this historical landmark is another significant step forward in the revitalization and redevelopment of our downtown. This Esplanade represents the pride of our citizens
We are grateful to the City of Springfield and to the hundreds of individuals, companies, and organizations whose generosity made this renovation of the Esplanade possible.
Fountain erected through generous gifts of the Community Improvement Corporation, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Community Beautification Committee Fountain Fund.
The Esplanade/Fountain Square Project
Dedicated October 24, 1993
Conceived by Mayor Robert C. Henry and assisted by the Community Beautification Committee, this most worthwhile undertaking began in 1967. In 1990, Springfield City Commissioner Frank R. Lightle reactivated the project.
These community leaders embraced the dream of returning a fountain to the Esplanade. Here we see the fulfillment of their vision...a centerpiece of beauty dedicated to our community.
Charles H. Rinehart, Chairman
Esplanade/Fountain Square Project Committee
Warren R. Copeland, Mayor
Dale A. Henry, Assistant Mayor
Faye M. Flack
Sheila D. Ballard
Matthew J. Kridler, City Manager
Erected 1993 by The Clark County Historical Society and the Esplanade/Fountain
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the The Historic National Road series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 24, 1968.
Location. 39° 55.372′ N, 83° 48.619′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Ohio, in Clark County. Marker is on Fountain Avenue, in the median. Fountain and markers are between the City Building and Marriott Courtyard hotel. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 117 S Fountain Avenue, Springfield OH 45502, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City Building (a few steps from this marker); Oliver S. Kelly (within shouting distance of this marker); Springfield City Hall Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); John M. Temple (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Rogers Clark (about 600 feet away); H. A. "Harry" Toulmin Sr. (about 600 feet away); Site of Springfield's First Church (about 700 feet away); 75th Anniversary of the Madonna of the Trail Statue (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
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