Kansas City’s first fountains date back to the late 1800s, where they served a purely utilitarian purpose: thirsty dogs, horses and birds drank water when passing to and through the city. Soon thereafter, the city began erecting drinking fountains—each with their own distinctive architectural styles, features and themes—over sparkling springs to provide its citizens with safe drinking water. Later on, enterprising individuals integrated sculpture into fountain designs to both beautify properties and add distinction.
Kansas City’s love affair with fountains has flourished ever since. Today, you’ll find hundreds of aquatic showpieces—large and small, artistically intricate and cleverly simple—gracing nearly every courtyard, parkland and tree-lined boulevard throughout the area.