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Friday, September 26, 2014

Water Fountain Saga - Part 5 - Permanent Home

History Of the Downtown Minot Water Fountain…

Part 5 -  The Fountain gets a new permanent home. In 1987, after 50 years on the college campus the fountain became an integral part of Minot’s history. The city was celebrating its Centennial and the Downtown merchants requested that the fountain be returned to Downtown Minot. The College Board of Regents agreed under certain conditions. The missing lion head had to be replaced, the fountain would be fixed and function again and the granite had to be polished. All conditions were agreed to and with the help of Monarch Concrete it was disassembled into its five pieces and moved to a slab that was poured on the corner of Main Street and 1st Avenue. In front of what was then B&B Drug. The fountain still stands there today. I would guess that many people drive by it and don’t see it and many more know little if anything of the History of the Fountain. I don’t know how many of the 100 built in 1910 are left but I do know that ours is secure on Main Street once again

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