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Mount Vernon in Knox County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Cooper Fountain

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The Cooper Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 2, 2022
1. The Cooper Fountain Marker
Inscription.  The Cooper Fountain, located on the town square of Mount Vernon, was donated by Charles Cooper in 1883. Charles and Elias Cooper founded the Cooper ironworks, which evolved from making iron plows and other tools to manufacturing steam engines.

In 1917, the City Council decided to turn the Cooper Fountain into the Cooper "aquarium.” They put many aquatic animals, including fish and a turtle, into the fountain, but it needed a lot of work and maintenance so they changed it back to simply a fountain.

Children and adults throw coins into the fountain for good luck. The money collected from the fountain goes into the city's general fund.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceMan-Made Features.
 
Location. 40° 23.602′ N, 82° 29.117′ W. Marker is in Mount Vernon, Ohio, in Knox County. Marker is on Public Square, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Vernon OH 43050, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Keystone (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Monument
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Knox County Veterans Walk of Honor (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry B. Curtis (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Ann Ball (within shouting distance of this marker); Millstone (within shouting distance of this marker); Clement L. Vallandigham's Anti-War Speech (within shouting distance of this marker); Ellamae Simmons, M.D. (1918-2019) / "The Goal Will Be Met, So Long As We Persevere" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Vernon.
 
The Cooper Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 2, 2022
2. The Cooper Fountain Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 21, 2023