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May 21, 2004
Contact: Steve Buchholz, Public Information Manager, 394-6082
Historic Fountain To Be Dedicated Sunday, May 23
South Dakota Tech students and faculty and local historic preservation officials will dedicate the 1911 Fountain during a ceremony scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, May 23, at the corner of Seventh and Main streets in Rapid City.
This fountain was donated to Rapid City in 1911 by Hermon Lee Ensign, the founder of the National Humane Alliance. The fountain was designed as a horse watering trough, but the fountain base features two small basins for dogs and cats. The fountain originally sat in the middle of the intersection of Seventh and Main streets. When cars became popular, the fountain was moved to the corner, and then it was placed at the city parks department in old Storybook Island.
In 1998, the Rapid City Historic Preservation Committee and South Dakota Tech decided began a project to restore the fountain and place it downtown once again. At Tech, the project began with student involvement from the American Society of Civil Engineers. It evolved into a senior design project to design the pump, subgrade and concrete pad.
The most difficult portion of the project was replacing the lions’ heads and plaque. After mentioning the project to artist John Lopez, he decided to take on the task of recreating the lions’ heads from a photograph of a similar fountain in Illinois.
With continued and dedicated help from the American Society of Civil Engineers, businesses in the community, and the City of Rapid City, the fountain can finally be dedicated near its original location.
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