Beautiful Kansas City At Night

J.C. Nichols Fountain in Blue, Kansas City Postcards
J.C. Nichols Fountain in Blue, Kansas City Postcards by catherinesherman
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Many fountains in Kansas City, Missouri, were blue in honor of the city’s baseball winning season, including the city’s most famous fountain, the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain on the Country Club Plaza. Kansas City has more fountains than any city in the world except Rome, Italy, and is officially known as the City of Fountains. Most of the first fountains in Kansas City served practical rather than decorative purposes, providing clean water to people, horses and dogs. Fountain building and the use of decorative statuary exploded in the 1920s after developer J.C. Nichols used them extensively in the development of Country Club Plaza. The four allegorical equestrian figures reportedly represent four great rivers of the world — the Mississippi River, Volga River, Seine River, and Rhine River. Sculptures of little children riding dolphins in the pool surround the main figures. In the background, the low white building on the right is the Community Christian Church, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

More than 200 years ago, the members of the Lewis and Clark expedition stood on this site where the Kansas and Missouri rivers join, called Kaw Point. The expedition’s exploration of this area led to the development of Kansas City. Now the bright lights of that city are reflected on the confluence of those two great rivers.

The Liberty Memorial is a memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, to the soldiers who died in World War I. Groundbreaking began on November 1, 1921, and the memorial was completed and dedicated on November 11, 1926. At night, the top of the 217-foot (66 m) tall memorial tower emits steam illuminated by bright orange lights. The Liberty Memorial, which is in Penn Valley Park, houses the official World War I museum of the United States, which opened to the public in December 2006. The building is designed in Beaux Arts Classicism and Egyptian Revival style of architecture with a limestone exterior. The Liberty Memorial is a National Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places.

Kansas City’s Union Station celebrates the city’s baseball team postseason wins with blue lighting. Opened in 1914, Union Station serves Kansas City, Missouri, and the surrounding metropolitan area. In 1985, but then was restored, reopening in 1999 as a series of museums and other public attractions. In 2002, Union Station saw its return as a train station when Amtrak began providing public transportation services and has since become Missouri’s second-busiest train station. The fountain, named for Henry Wollman Bloch, was a gift to the city in the name of the co-founder of H&R Block, Inc. It features 232 jets arranged in three concentric rings within an ellipse of black granite. A thin sheen of water on the flat granite creates a mirror to reflect the monumental architecture on either side. A computer choreographs an ever-changing pattern of display. On each hour and half-hour, a five-minute “high show” presents a celebration of water in movement. The fountain was designed by WET Design, the designers of the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas.

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One Response to Beautiful Kansas City At Night

  1. Reblogged this on RAZZLE DAZZLE and commented:
    Kansas City offers a lot of dazzling views at night.

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