Wichita, Kansas: Carry Nation Memorial Drinking Fountain

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Naftzger Park

Address:
E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS
Directions:
I-135 exit 5B. Downtown, on the south side of Douglas Ave., just west of St. Francis St., in small Naftzger Park. The Fountain is on the east side, near the parking lot.
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Carry Nation drinking fountain. Carry Nation Memorial Drinking Fountain
Sip from a fountain dedicated to a Kansas woman who smashed up bars (because that other kind of drinking is bad for you). Roadsideamerica.com Report... [04/17/2009]

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Carrie Nation Drinking Fountain

We visited this today. We were in and out rather quickly as so many homeless people were living in the park. The fountain is still there and is in good condition. We didn't stay long enough to get a photo. Don't go after dark.

[Bob, 07/02/2013]

We'd like to imagine that the old saloon-smasher would approve of her drinking fountain being in a place where the downtrodden can get free, healthful water. But maybe she'd just go ballistic with her hatchet.

Carrie Nation Drinking Fountain. Carry A. Nation Drinking Fountain

This drinking fountain dedicated to that hatchet wielding prohibitionist, Carry A. Nation, sits in a park at the corner of Douglas and St. Francis.

[Joe Boulter, 10/01/2007]
Carry Nation Drinking Fountain

In your section on hard and soft drinks, you briefly mentioned a drinking fountain dedicated to Carry Nation in Wichita. That fountain is now in a little pocket park, where drunks occasionally like to catch a nap. I always found that ironic. Also, the fountain was originally in front of Union Station, but it was moved after being knocked over by a beer truck. It seems that Carry Nation once smashed up the bar in the old Eaton Hotel, across from the pocket park where it once stood.

Farther down Douglas Ave., in Wichita, is another pocket park, where a Woolworth's once stood. One of the sculptures intended to be placed there is of a soda fountain with patrons seated at stools around it. It is intended to be a tribute to the soda fountain sit-ins of the 1960s.

[Don Fraysier, 09/11/1998]

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