Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
1928 Granite Water Fountain
Installed in 1928 over the artesian well, this granite water fountain replaced the circa 1903 cast-iron fountain that once stood east of the Great Walk. Eight spigots on the granite fountain provided abundant access to the mineralized well water, long believed to possess medicinal properties. After more than half a century, the fountain was shut off in 1980 because samples of the artesian water failed to meet more stringent water-quality standards. When the circa 1903 drinking fountain was reproduced and placed above the artesian well site in 1996, the granite fountain was restored, moved here, and connected to the municipal water supply. The light fixture on top was also restored to its original appearance.
Erected by The State of Texas.
Location. 30° 16.474′ N, 97° 44.341′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East 13th Street and Brazos Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located along pedestrian walkway near the Texas State Capitol east entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Texas and the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Hood’s Texas Brigade Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Archive War (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cisterns (about 400 feet away); St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (about 400 feet away); Artesian Well and East Drinking Fountain (about 400 feet away); Terry’s Texas Rangers Monument (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
Also see . . .
1. The Texas Capitol Grounds: A Self-Guided Tour.
(includes description of various monuments, memorials and landmarks around the Texas State Capitol grounds) (Submitted on January 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Artesian Fountain at Capitol.
(Old photograph of 1928 Granite Fountain) (Submitted on January 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on January 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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