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Esplanade/Fountain Square

 
 
Esplanade/Fountain Square Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 28, 2008
1. Esplanade/Fountain Square Project Marker
Inscription. Since 1826, the Esplanade has been the traditional center of Springfield and Clark County. The National Road passed within one block of “Market Square” as it was then called. Three city halls, several hotels, train stations, and numerous commercial interests were located here. It was the site of the Champion Reaper Plant, the company that made Springfield the “Champion City”, and Kelly's Springfield Arcade. The Esplanade has hosted scores of parades, community celebrations, markets, conventions, and street fairs.

In 1889, Mayor Oliver S. Kelly donated funds for construction of a forty-one foot high, cast-iron fountain on the Esplanade, dedicated to the people of Springfield. The site was then renamed Fountain Square and Market Street became Fountain Avenue.

This fountain is now the centerpiece of the Square, standing as a monument to our rich heritage and a symbol of growth and prosperity for a third century.

The restoration of this historical landmark is another significant step forward in the revitalization and redevelopment of our downtown. This Esplanade represents the pride of our citizens and reaffirms our civic commitment to continuous improvement in the quality of life in our community.

We are grateful to the City of Springfield and to the hundreds of individuals,
Esplanade/Fountain Square Restoration Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 28, 2008
2. Esplanade/Fountain Square Restoration Marker
companies, and organizations whose generosity made this renovation of the Esplanade possible.

Fountain erected through generous gifts of the Community Improvement Corporation, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Community Beautification Committee Fountain Fund.

The Esplanade/Fountain Square Project
Dedicated October 24, 1993

Conceived by Mayor Robert C. Henry and assisted by the Community Beautification Committee, this most worthwhile undertaking began in 1967. In 1990, Springfield City Commissioner Frank R. Lightle reactivated the project.

These community leaders embraced the dream of returning a fountain to the Esplanade. Here we see the fulfillment of their vision...a centerpiece of beauty dedicated to our community.

Charles H. Rinehart, Chairman
Esplanade/Fountain Square Project Committee
City Commissioners:
Warren R. Copeland, Mayor
Dale A. Henry, Assistant Mayor
Faye M. Flack
Kevin O'Neill
Sheila D. Ballard
Matthew J. Kridler, City Manager
 
Erected 1993 by The Clark County Historical Society and the Esplanade/Fountain Square Project Committee.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
 
Location. 39° 
Esplanade/Fountain Square Dedication Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 28, 2008
3. Esplanade/Fountain Square Dedication Marker
55.372′ N, 83° 48.619′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Ohio, in Clark County. Marker is on Fountain Avenue, in the median. Touch for map. Fountain and markers are between the City Building and Marriott Courtyard hotel. Marker is at or near this postal address: 117 S. Fountain Avenue, Springfield OH 45502, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City Building (a few steps from this marker); Oliver S. Kelly (within shouting distance of this marker); Springfield City Hall Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); John M. Temple (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Rogers Clark (about 600 feet away); H. A. "Harry" Toulmin Sr. (about 600 feet away); Site of Springfield's First Church (about 700 feet away); 75th Anniversary of the Madonna of the Trail Statue (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
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Esplanade/Fountain Square image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 28, 2008
4. Esplanade/Fountain Square
City Building marker in background.
Esplanade/Fountain Square, Looking North image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 28, 2008
5. Esplanade/Fountain Square, Looking North
Fountain can be seen above bell, on Fountain Square.
Esplanade Fountain image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 13, 2010
6. Esplanade Fountain
Esplanade/Fountain Square image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 13, 2010
7. Esplanade/Fountain Square
Looking north.
City Building on west side of Fountain Square image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 28, 2008
8. City Building on west side of Fountain Square
<i>Fountain Square, Springfield, Ohio.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1915
9. Fountain Square, Springfield, Ohio.
The fountain is on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 4, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,598 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 4, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   6, 7. submitted on April 20, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   8. submitted on November 4, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   9. submitted on December 16, 2014. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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