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Wills Point in Van Zandt County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Rose Fountain

 
 
Rose Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry D. Moore, June 17, 2018
1. Rose Fountain Marker
Inscription. German brothers B. W. and Isaac Edward “Ike” Rose came to nearby Cedar Grove in 1873 and the same year moved to Wills Point, where they opened Rose Dry Goods Store. In 1884, Ike moved to Dallas and was a successful entrepreneur. B. W. remained in Wills Point. In 1916, Ike and Mayor Henry Gilchrist discussed a gift to the city. Ike chose a fountain, not as a memorial, but as a gift of appreciation to a city he loved. The concrete fountain has a circular base with steps, water troughs, vases, and a central column with globe lights and finial. The iconic fountain serves as a gathering spot, a focus for celebrations, and a welcome to the city’s historic commercial district.
 
Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16756.)
 
Location. 32° 42.541′ N, 96° 0.475′ W. Marker is in Wills Point, Texas, in Van Zandt County. Marker is at the intersection of East James Street and North 4th Street (Farm to Market Road 47), on the right when traveling east on East James Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wills Point TX 75169, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brick Streets of Wills Point (here, next to this marker); First Baptist Church
Rose Fountain Marker Area image. Click for full size.
By Larry D. Moore, June 17, 2018
2. Rose Fountain Marker Area
(within shouting distance of this marker); Locust Grove (approx. 7.4 miles away); Ables Springs (approx. 9.7 miles away); Cedarvale Cemetery (approx. 9.9 miles away); Methodist Church, 1844 (approx. 10.7 miles away); Hillcrest Cemetery (approx. 13˝ miles away); John H. Reagan (approx. 13˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wills Point.
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
The Rose Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Larry D. Moore, June 17, 2018
3. The Rose Fountain
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 22 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 3, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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