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The J.C. Nichols Foutain sits on the eastern edge of the Country Club Plaza.

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Kansas City Fountains

Discover Kansas City’s 200+ fountains.

Pomona Fountain_008_RA.jpgFrom large and majestic to small and whimsical, each KC fountain has a character all its own. So it's no surprise why this Midwestern metropolis has earned its bubbly nickname, the City of Fountains.
 
Kansas City has more fountains than any other city in the world, except maybe Rome. The exact number of fountains is not known as new public and private fountains are added regularly. But, the City of Fountains Foundation, which keeps the only known database of Kansas City fountains at www.kcfountains.org, currently lists more than 200 fountains that flow in Kansas City.

Kansas City's love affair with fountains may have to do with the importance of water to the city's development. The city is located where the Kansas and Missouri rivers meet and many arrived in Kansas City by steamboat to begin their overland journeys west. Water, or the ability to get over it, was also important in the city's growth.

Kansas City was the first city to build a railroad bridge over the Missouri River (the Hannibal Bridge in 1869), ensuring that Kansas City would become the major city in the region.

The city's first fountains date back to the late 1800s and had a purely practical purpose. They were erected over springs by the Humane Society to provide clean drinking water for animals (In 1910, the horse population of Kansas City was estimated at 70,000!).

Childrens Fountain_002_AA.jpgOver the years, Kansas City's fountains have become a cherished public art form, erupting with magnificent symphonies of water, light and sculpture.

In fact, as early as 1898, the public's interest in fountains had grown to such a degree that Kansas City Wire and Iron Works was listed in the city directory under "Fountains."

Today, it's sort of an unwritten policy that a fountain of some fashion be incorporated into the design of major new public or commercial building projects.
 

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