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Unionville in Hartford County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Water Fountain

 
 
The Water Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, May 20, 2019
1. The Water Fountain Marker
Inscription.  
Made of rock and iron, the fountain was the first in the nation powered by electricity at a time when streets and homes were still gaslit. The electricity was generated by the trolley line’s power station using the Farmington River. Colored lights hanging from the two central disks reflected onto water sprayed into the air. Square fern-filled planters adorned the fountain wall, and more ferns were planted in the central disk which was supported by three decorative columns. Once a year, two to three hundred fish in the pond were caught and moved into the fountain.

 
Erected 2019 by Eagle Scout project by Timothy Germano.
 
Location. 41° 45.551′ N, 72° 52.962′ W. Marker is in Unionville, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker can be reached from Farmington Avenue (Connecticut Route 4) 0.3 miles north of Park Pond Place, on the left when traveling east. The marker is located on the Suburban Park Trail to the Dance Pavilion. Start from the junction of Farmington Avenue & Park Pond Place and walk north
The Water Fountain and marker. image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, May 20, 2019
2. The Water Fountain and marker.
on this Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Unionville CT 06085, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Suburban Park 1895-1905 (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Unionville (about 800 feet away); Unionville Veterans Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Unionville Civil War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Yodkins-Morin Memorial Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Farmington (approx. 1.1 miles away); Farmington Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); An Industrial History of Unionville, 1780-1880 (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Unionville.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Fountains. (Submitted on November 11, 2019, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
2. History of Water Fountains. (Submitted on November 11, 2019, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
3. Suburban Park today. (Submitted on November 11, 2019, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
4. Suburban Park video. (Submitted on November 11, 2019, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
 
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Suburban Park Trailhead on Park Pond Place image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, May 20, 2019
3. Suburban Park Trailhead on Park Pond Place
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2019, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on November 13, 2019, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 11, 2019, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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