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  • Late Afternoon in Beautiful Downtown Harper, KS
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  • The Old Harper Fountain
    The Old Harper Fountain
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  • The Old Harper Fountain
    The Old Harper Fountain
    by Stephen-KarenConn

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    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Oct 22, 2007

    When I first entered the town of Harper I assumed that it would be the county seat of Harper County. However, I found that Harper is not the county seat but the town of Anthony holds that honor. Instead of revolving around a courthouse, the centerpiece for the town of Harper is this beautiful historic fountain.

    There is a bronze plaque on the fountain with this inscription:

    THE OLE HARPER FOUNTAIN

    THE FOUNTAIN WAS ORIGINALLY LOCATED
    ON THIS SITE AND PRESENTED TO THE
    CITY OF HARPER IN THE YEAR 1909 BY
    THE STUDY AND SOCIAL CLUB, UNDER THE
    DIRECTION OF CLUB PRESIDENT MARY
    COULSON AND CLUB FOUNDER AND TEACHER,
    JOSEPHINE WEATHERLY, AT A COST OF
    $375.00

    ACCEPTED ON BEHALF OF THE CITY BY
    THEN MAYOR M. S. SHEPHARD, THE
    FOUNTAIN REPLACED THE TOWN WATER PUMP
    AND SERVED AS A WATERING STATION FOR
    MAN AND ANIMAL FOR A PERIOD OF 60
    YEARS BEFORE BEING REPLACED BY A MORE
    MODERN STRUCTURE IN 1969.

    IN 1983, THE FOUNTAIN WAS RESTORED AND
    AND REPLACED ON THIS ORIGINAL SITE THROUGH
    THE DIRECTION OF BRIAN EDE AND COMBINED
    EFFORTS OF THE HARPER CHAMBER OF
    COMMERCE INC. WITH MONETARY
    CONTRIBUTIONS BY MANY FORMER AND
    PRESENT AREA CITIZENS AND IS HEREBY
    DEDICATED WITH RESPECT TO THE CITIZENS
    HARPER PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE


    THIS FOUNTAIN WAS ACCEPTED ON BEHALF
    OF THE CITY BY MAYOR HUBERT JOHNSON


    OCTOBER, 22, 1983

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    • Historical Travel

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