The Town Of Fountain, Arizona

Another first for us was the town of Fountain.  It is a very pretty place to while away a few hours.

Fountain Hills was named after the towering man-made fountain in the centre of town. It is now the world’s fourth tallest fountain. When it was built in 1970, it was the world’s tallest fountain and it held that record for over 10 years. The fountain sprays water for about 15 minutes every hour between 9am and 9pm. It has three pumps and when all are in use, the fountain reaches 560 feet (170m) in height however, normal operation only uses two pumps and the fountain reaches a height of around 300 feet (91m) – we assume this is what we saw.

As we arrived near the lake, we had some time for a short stroll around and a spot of lunch before the fountain started started doing its thing!

070 Fountain

071 Fountain

072 Fountain

It was quite pleasant to sit and watch!

073 Fountain

075 Fountain

074 Fountain

After that we decided to do a circuit of the lake to see what else was hiding in the pretty park.  Well you can’t have so much water without the odd duck!

081 Duck

What was surprising though was the sheer number coots – we are not sure we have ever seen so many in one place!080 Coots

081 Coots

We saw some stunning scenery

079 FountainAnd a memorial monument.

078 Fountain

We then went to check out a few of the local shops.  We saw this beautiful horse made from all sorts of bits and pieces.  The more you look the more you see.

085 Horse Statue

Some of the items include pram wheels, whisk, wing mirrors, pans and pan lids, nappy pins – to name but a few!  086 Horse Statue

We also saw this cute Eagle on a Nest statue.      087 Eagles Nest Statue

088 Eagles Nest Statue

A small boy drinking from a hose fountain.

090 Boy drinking from hose statue

We just love seeing oranges growing in the street.089 Oranges And of course, the town clock. 091 Fountain Hills ClockThere is quite a bit to see, especially when the weather is so nice.  We think we might me back!

J&E

 

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