Downtown Fountain

The Downtown Fountain was constructed sometime before 1887 at Neil Street and Hickory Street.

Unfortunately not much is known about the origin of the Downtown Fountain. What is known is that this landmark shows up in photographs before the turn of the 20th century. The 1887 Sandborn fire insurance maps show a well at this location which leads many to believe that this fountain served as a general water source. This could have also been used as a place for horses to grab a quick drink of water.

By 1950 the fountain had been moved to Scott Park from this original location but was returned in 1993. Today, the One Main Plaza helps provide a community gathering place with the Fountain as its center piece

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Downtown Fountain

Downtown Fountain

View: Facing north | Source: Sam Logan Photography | Creator: Sam Logan Photography View File Details Page

The fountain, Neil Street looking south from Main Street

The fountain, Neil Street looking south from Main Street

Source: Champaign County Historical Archives View File Details Page

A bird's eye view of Neil Street, including the fountain

A bird's eye view of Neil Street, including the fountain

Source: Champaign County Historical Archives View File Details Page

The fountain, looking south on Neil Street

The fountain, looking south on Neil Street

Source: Champaign County Historical Archives View File Details Page

Street Address:

Neil and Hickory Streets [map]

Cite this Page:

T.J. Blakeman, “Downtown Fountain,” ExploreCU, accessed June 27, 2017, http://explorecu.org/items/show/357.

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