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An early photograph of the Public Square from the courthouse tower shows the fountain with its winter cover installed. Due to the foliage of trees,

Monmouth city fountain was source of community pride, controversy

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:An illustration from the J. L. Mott catalog shows a fountain of similar design to the Monmouth fountain, surmounted by a figure of cupid. The base of Monmouth’s fountain sported lion-headed griffins, which adorn the center portion of the fountain in the illustration.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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