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Buckingham Fountain sends a massive stream of water into the air during one of its shows.
Buckingham Fountain sends a massive stream of water into the air during one of its shows.

Buckingham Fountain is a Chicago landmark located at Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway in Grant Park. The fountain, which was designed by Edward H. Bennett with sculptures by Jacques Lambert and modeled after Latona Fountain at Versailles, was donated to the city by Kate Buckingham in memory of her brother, Clarence Buckingham. Buckingham Fountain was dedicated on August 26, 1927. She also established the Buckingham Fountain Endowment Fund with an initial investment of $300,000 to pay for maintenance on the fountain so that the taxpayers didn't have to pay for its upkeep. [1] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (970x1427, 262 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Buckingham Fountain Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (970x1427, 262 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Buckingham Fountain Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... This article is about Illinois largest city. ... The Taste of Chicago is held in Grant Park annually around Independence Day. ... The worlds highest fountain: King Fahds Fountain in Jeddah Three traditional fountain features: a low jet, a pair of raised basins, and sculpture with a water theme, here hippocamps (Villa Borghese, Rome) A traditional fountain is an arrangement where water issues from a source (Latin fons), fills a... Edward H. Bennett, (1874, Wiltshire, England - 1954) was a British architect who worked significantly in Chicago. ... The Versailles Palace is very Big and grand (Camacho, 2006). ... August 26 is the 238th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (239th in leap years). ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ...


The fountain runs from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day from mid April to mid October, depending on the weather. During a water display that runs for 20 minutes every hour on the hour, the center jet shoots up to 150 feet in the air. At dusk, a light and music show coincides with the water display. The last show of the night begins at 10:00 p.m. [2]


The fountain contains 1.5 million US gallons (5.7 million L) of water. During a display, more than 14,000 US gallons per minute (880 L/s) is pushed through the 133 jets. Buckingham Fountain is one of the largest fountains in the world. The gallon is a unit of volume used for measuring liquids (as well as dry matter). ...


Trivia

Buckingham Fountain at night
Buckingham Fountain at night
  • The opening credits of the Fox Network sitcom Married... with Children, still seen in syndication, include a shot of Buckingham Fountain.
  • Due to the popularity of Married... with Children in Germany, the Buckingham Fountain was bestowed the nickname "The Bundy Fountain" by German tourists.
  • It was the official starting point for the classic US highway Route 66 that ran to Los Angeles.
  • It was also the starting line for the 6th Amazing Race.
  • The fountain has an alarm system monitored from Honeywell Central Station in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
  • The fountain is a representation of Lake Michigan.
  • There are 4 statues in the fountain representing the 4 states that surround Lake Michigan. The states are Michigan,Wisconsin, Indiana, and Illinois.


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Buckingham Fountain - evening
The Buckingham Fountain at night.
The Buckingham Fountain at night.

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2592x1944, 1926 KB) A late evening photo of Buckingham Fountain with the Chicago skyline in the backgroung. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2592x1944, 1926 KB) A late evening photo of Buckingham Fountain with the Chicago skyline in the backgroung. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Buckingham_Fountain_6. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Buckingham_Fountain_6. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

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Buckingham Fountain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (181 words)
Buckingham Fountain is one of the largest in the world.
Situated in Chicago's Grant Park, the fountain, which was designed by Jacques Lambert and modeled after Latona Fountain at Versailles, was donated to the city by Kate Buckingham in memory of her brother, Clarence Buckingham.
Buckingham Fountain was dedicated on August 26, 1927.
GoCityKids | Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain (199 words)
One of the loveliest spots in one of Chicago's loveliest parks, Buckingham Fountain is the centerpiece of Grant Park, and it has also become one of its most recognizable landmarks in the city.
Kate Buckingham dedicated the structure (and a trust fund to cover any fountain repair and upkeep) to the people of Chicago in 1927 in memory of her late brother, Clarence.
Kate Buckingham wanted "soft moonlight" waltzing through the fount, and she worked many nights with technicians, testing colors, filters and currents to produce the mystical water and lights show that can be seen after dusk from late Spring through mid-Fall.
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