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Pottsville, Pennsylvania: Gargoyle Fountain for Horses

The wrought iron fence bounding the local Y.W.C.A. includes an old gothic fountain with a basin and gargoyle head spout, originally used by thirsty horses.

325 South Centre St., Pottsville, PA
On South Centre St./US Hwy 209, south of Union St. on the west side.
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Gargoyle Fountain for Horses.

Gargoyle Fountain for Horses

Nice find! I never would have known what this is if I hadn't seen it on Roadside America.

[Greg, 08/08/2019]

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Gargoyle Fountain for Horses

This seems to have fallen further into disrepair. The fountain is not working/doesn't have any water in it. It's a shame to see it in this condition considering that there is a plaque on it regarding its restoration.

[DealMom, 09/30/2013]

The fountain is fueled by spring water running off an adjacent hillside. Maybe it dries up during the summer? That would be a poor fountain design for thirsty horses.

Gargoyle Fountain for Horses

In a bit of disrepair, but worth seeing. Right across the street is a cool old AAA road sign, and some old gas station signs at Jerry's just down the street.

[Hal Clarke, 09/18/2012]

Gargoyle horse fountain.

Gargoyle Fountain for Horses

The unique gargoyle-looking fountain was originally built for horses to drink out of! The Y.W.C.A. building's features include a gothic stone fountain. Spring water running off the hillside flows by gravity through it, and out a spout, protruding from the mouth of a stone gargoyle.

Standing nine feet high, it was restored by the Schuylkill County Municipal Authority in memory of local educator Howard S. Fernsler, according to a plaque at the base of the fountain.

[Julie Lubinsky, 08/07/2012]

Nearby Offbeat Places

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Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles MuseumJerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum, Pottsville, PA - < 1 mi.
Indian Head RockIndian Head Rock, Pottsville, PA - 2 mi.
In the region:
Ephrata Cloister Tour, Ephrata, PA - 34 mi.

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