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Atlanta in Logan County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Drinking Fountain

 
 
Drinking Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 28, 2020
1. Drinking Fountain Marker
Inscription.  This is one of four drinking fountains installed by the City of Atlanta in May of 1934. The fountains were located at the corners of Arch & Race Streets, Arch & Vine Streets, Vine & 1st Streets, and 1st & Race Streets. Upon the occasion, the Atlanta Argus reported, "A thirsty public appreciates the convenience." Local old timers recall that older boys would sometimes pick up a young lad and seat him on top of the bubbling fountain.

These were not the first fountains located in downtown Atlanta. Forty years earlier, in May of 1894, the Argus noted, "New water fountains for man and beast have been installed" in downtown Atlanta.
 
Erected by Atlanta, Illinois.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 40° 15.64′ N, 89° 13.919′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Illinois, in Logan County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South East Race Street and SW Arch Street. Marker is located at Atlanta's Route 66 Park, with several other markers. Touch for map.
Drinking Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 28, 2020
2. Drinking Fountain Marker
Next to an actual drinking fountain from the era mentioned on the marker
Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 S E Race St, Atlanta IL 61723, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wheels of Fortune on 66 (here, next to this marker); Field Marker Stone (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to the Atlanta Route 66 Park (a few steps from this marker); Knights of Pythias "Memorial Tree" Stone (a few steps from this marker); Atlanta High School Cornerstone (a few steps from this marker); 1870 Atlanta Public School Stone (a few steps from this marker); "Atlanta: Midway on Illinois' Mother Road" Mural (a few steps from this marker); "Palms Grill Café" Mural (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
 
Route 66 Park image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 28, 2020
3. Route 66 Park
"Drinking Fountain" marker is located here, along with several local pieces of history.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 25, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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