Women's Leadership Fountain

August 20, 2016

Location: The Paseo and E 9th Street, Kansas City, MO


Owner: KCMO Parks & Recreation Department


Dates: Constructed 1899, Restored 1989-2003


Artist/Designer:  John Van Brunt and George Kessler


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



This fountain was the second fountain built in Kansas City and is its oldest working fountain.  It was completed in 1899 and designed by John Van Brunt and George Kessler.  After a long period of non-use, the basin was excavated and repaired in 1970. In 1989, the Central Exchange took leadership in raising money for a partial restoration and named it The Women’s Leadership Fountain. Funds from the sale of other City property were used to complete the restoration in 2003. The names of thirteen women who have made notable contributions to the City will be added later.


1845-1931 Myrtle Page Fillmore

1850-1934  Phoebe Jane Ess

1850-1913 Alice Berry Graham

1851-1940 Mary Harmon Weeks

1854-1929 Bertha Manheimer Leiberman

1860-1933  Katherine Berry Richardson

1884-1974 Nelle Elizabeth Peters

1884-1964 Caroline Benton Cockfair

1886-1983 Ada Crogman Franklin

1893-1977 Guadalupe Bribiesca de Garcia

1894-1990 Madalyn Pinkston Brock

1899-2004  Ellen (Nell) Donnelly Reed

1917-1970 Esther Swirk Brown






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