Dragonhead Fountain - Old Courthouse...
"I do indeed recognize the fountain pictured in your last e-zine issue. But this is not the fountain that was in the goldfish pond. It is a drinking fountain that stood on the walk outside the west steps of the courthouse and adjacent to the goldfish pond. I drank from it many, many times over the course of about ten years.
When it was in use, the dragons were painted green, the eyes were white with black irises, the teeth were white, and the tongue and inside of the mouth were painted red. The 'cups' you see below the dragon head on each side of the fountain once held stainless steel bowls. There was a drinking spout on both sides of the fountain and you turned a handle to make the water bubble up from spigots within the steel bowls. The last time I saw this fountain, it was in the yard of Mr. Rebel's antique store at the corner of First and Choctaw Streets (I think). After Mr. Rebel died, an auction of all of his material was held and this picture marks the first time I have seen it since. Thanks for the memory." -- Jim
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