Remember a fountain that used to stand in Priest Point Park? Then the city of Olympia is looking for your help.
City workers discovered the sandstone fountain in 2013 while removing an old roadbed near Mission Creek. The Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation department hopes to restore the fountain to its former glory so that it can be placed back on display in the park.
“It appears that there may have been another sandstone piece that was part of the fountain,” said Jonathon Turlove, associate director of the Parks, Arts and Recreation department. “If anyone has old photos of Priest Point Park that show the fountain in the background, it would be helpful for us to see those so we can restore it as close to its original condition as possible.”
The fountain, donated to the park by Tenino’s Hercules Sandstone Company, was installed in 1915. City officials aren’t sure when the fountain fell into disrepair, or when it was removed.
A 1915 article in The Olympian said the city initially intended to purchase a fountain from the Hercules Sandstone Company, but the company decided to “build a specially fine fountain” as a gift for the park.
Anyone with any photos or other information about this fountain should contact Turlove at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-753-8068.