Taste & See KC: William Volker Memorial Fountain

Posted at 9:05 AM, May 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-18 10:05:44-04

The William Volker Memorial Fountain is at Volker Boulevard near Oak Street. 

Volker was a prominent citizen and philanthropist in Kansas City. He donated the land to start the University of Missouri - Kansas City, according to the Kansas City Public Library.

Sculptor Carl Milles based his memorial to Volker on St. Martin of Tours, a patron saint of France. 

The City of Fountains Foundation said the fountain was originally installed at Theis Park in 1958, in the current amphitheater location. It was moved in the 1990s across Brush Creek to the current site on Volker Boulevard. 

In the winter of 2015-2016, the sculptures were removed, cleaned and repaired. The fountain itself also underwent repairs and renovations. 

It was put back together for Fountain Day 2016 for the rededication ceremony. During the ceremony, the 28-foot waterfall on the north side of the fountain was also turned on after sitting dormant for six years. 

Photo of William Volker: Image 001; folder 132; SHSMO-KC Picture Collection (K0026); The State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center-Kansas City [after first mention may be abbreviated to SHSMO-KC].