American War Mothers Memorial Fountain

August 7, 2016

Location: The Paseo and E Meyer Boulevard, Kansas City, MO

 

Owner: KCMO Parks & Recreation Department

 

Dates: Installed June 1, 1942

 

Artist:  Edward Buehler Delk

 

The City of Fountains Foundation holds an endowment for this fountain.

 

Description:

This fountain is in the small traffic circle at the intersection of East Meyer Boulevard and The Paseo.  It is a rectangular limestone obelisk standing 18 feet tall in the middle of a basin.  There is a spout in each face of the obelisk that streams water down to the basin below. It was erected in 1942 and is dedicated to those who served in World War I. 

 

Each side of the obelisk is marked with a metal star, except the west face which has the War Mothers’ emblem and the the years 1917 and 1918 inscribed.  The south face has a blue star that is dedicated to those who served, the east face has a gold star symbolizing those who died in the war and the north face has a white star for those who were wounded.  Each of the starred sides also has a military sabre inscribed on the face underneath the star.  On each side of the obelisk at the top is an eagle carved into the stone.

 

This fountain is one of two fountains owned by the KCMO Parks & Recreation Department that is solar-powered.  The solar panel for this fountain is across the street to the south in Dunn Park.

 

  

 

 

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