Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Watery Wednesday At The City Park

In 1897 at a cost of $52,ooo the city of Parkersburg, West Virginia purchased 42 acres of land for use as a city park. Other land was added later. Citizens of the era didn't like the name chosen for the park. Since 1911 the park has officially been known as and named The City Park. In 1902 a prominent member of the Jackson family bequethed $5,000 for the purchase for the erection of a fountain at the park's main gates. The ornamental water fountain was purchased in New York City by the executor of the Jackson estate while he was on his honeymoon. Except for the lions it is made of case iron metal and represents the Victorian Period of Garden and Design. At one time it was three tiered and stood 30 feet tall. With the top tier removed it presently still stands at an impressive 20 feet.
The fountain stands at the entrance to the park which is across the street from the house in my previous post. I'll just let the rest of the photos speak for themselves.





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35 comments:

mountain.mama said...

Great choice for Watery Wednesday! I really like the lion.

J Bar said...

How interesting.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Happily Retired Gal said...

Lovely watery photo series of this wonderful fountain. Marvelous close ups of the faces with spouts ...
Hugs and blessings,

Judy said...

What an interesting fountain! I think 20 feet is very tall for a fountain, but I can't help wondering what one 30 feet tall would look like! Imagine it on a windy day! The spray would be everywhere!

Photo Cache said...

Very nice post with lovely photos.

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Stephany said...

Beautiful photos, Carletta! That is a most unusual fountain and a very interesting history. I like the gargoyle faces around the edge of the bowl.

Tricia said...

Very grand & detailed! Really very nice!
And the house - WoW! I'd love to see the inside

Tricia said...

Oh, Happy WW, Carletta - Thanks for stopping by my page, too!

Tricia said...

Something else I wanted to add - I love this music - very nice & relaxing

Tammie Lee said...

there are some amazing details in this fountain!
Spirithelpers

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Carletta: That is such a neat fountain. You captured some great detail.

Norm said...

you have a very interesting post, love all the photos, happy WW to you..

Martha in PA said...

Great shots of a very impressive fountain!

Watery Wednesday

Lee Spangler said...

I can smell the air and trees. WVA is one of my most favorite places. You are lucky to live there.

Regina said...

Great park and sculptures!
Beautiful shots!

Thom said...

Great pictures my friend. Excellent :)

Nicole said...

Looks like a beautiful park and the fountain is actually a nice one.
I like the little"demons" :)

Leora said...

Lovely and ornate. They don't build them like that any more. I'm enjoying the lion spitting out the water.

Ebie said...

I love the details of your photos. She is a beautiful lady,too. Great post for WW.

Vita Stunder said...

Beautiful shots and details!!

I would love to spend time in that park.

Have a great day!
Anna

Mar said...

Love fountains, love your eye for detailed perspectives!!
Happy WW!

amanda said...

You have the most interesting things to see in your town. I liked this so much you showed the whole fountain and then all the different sections with the details Awesome!

Rose said...

Very interesting post, Carletta!

April said...

A very impressive fountain! Great gargoyles!

ellievellie said...

That is one beautiful woman - no wonder the rich man noticed it on his honeymoon :) Thank you for presenting all the ornaments details - they are very impressive - great water feature - grand!

Patti said...

Wonderful photos of this historic fountain. We have two interesting fountains in a nearby city that come from that same era.. I've done newspaper stories on them as they were being refurbished, so I guess I might as well photograph them and do some blog posts! They are quite interesting, I think.

Thanks for the inspiration. ;-)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

It's fun to see the statuary in older parks. They don't build parks now like used to. But at least some forward looking people have the sense to set aside green spaces for future generations!

Marju said...

Beautiful photos!!

JunieRose2005 said...

These are just beautiful and perfect for WW posts!

And the house in your last post is fabulous!! (I think I failed to comment yesterday!...maybe I did tho!!)


I got my WW post up too!!

George said...

This is a very impressive fountain and a wonderful Watery Wednesday post.

Creative Mish said...

Wow! What a pretty fountain! and a great story

Arija said...

I like the poor old lion, forever spewing.

Ladynred said...

Beautiful series of fountain. love them.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Love that fountain and your close up shots. I'll bet it's pleasant to hear, too.

Becky and Gary said...

Excellant choice Carletta. So unique! I like that face one spitting out the water.
Happy WW.
B.