Benton Park Fountain - St. Louis, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 38° 35.837 W 090° 13.407
15S E 741804 N 4275744
Quick Description: Visited in February, and the ice sort of slowed down the plume
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 10/7/2014 7:09:28 AM
Waymark Code: WMMM6R
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:

County of fountain: St. Louis Independent City
Location of fountain: S. Jefferson Ave., Benton Park, St. Louis
Fountain built: 1966

Benton Park, originally known as City Park, was created by ordinance on June 25th, 1866. The park was later renamed in honor of Thomas Hart Benton, a distinguished Missouri senator from 1821 to 1851. Its initial use was that of the City Cemetery which occupied the site from 1842 to 1865. Covering 14 acres, the park grounds were steadily improved by noted horticulturist Edward F. Krausnick, who landscaped the undulating surfaces using rare trees, shrubs and beds of flowers. Utilizing a greenhouse, rustic footbridge and two ponds, the park was used for botanical instruction as well as traditional community activities. City Parks Commissioner Eugene Weigel noted in 1881 that "in general design and in beauty and composition of its varied flower beds, it stands unsurpassed even by its aristocratic rival, Lafayette Park". ~ Benton Park History

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