City Seeks Photos of Historic Priest Point Park Fountain
Photos will Assist in Restoration of Fountain Donated to Priest Point Park in 1915
City officials are seeking historic photos of a sandstone fountain that was installed in Priest Point Park in 1915. The fountain, a donation to the park from Tenino’s Hercules Sandstone Company, was discovered in 2013 during the removal of the old roadbed near Mission Creek. Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation staff are interested in having the fountain restored so it can be put back on public 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, “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.”
It is unclear when the fountain may have come into disrepair and was removed from service, but an Olympian article dated March 19, 1915 makes reference to the upcoming installation of the fountain. “Secretary F.G. Blakeslee visited Tenino Tuesday and placed an order with the Hercules Sandstone company for three fountains, and after the placing of the order, and explaining that the fountains were being purchased with funds raised by the sale of tags on Labor Day last year, the company informed him that at their own expense and as a gift to Olympia’s park, they would themselves build a specially fine fountain. This gift the board has decided to place in the southwest corner of the children’s play ground. The installing of this gift will be made the occasion for special ceremonies at which time the generous donors will be formally thanked,” the article states.
Anyone with any photos or other information concerning this fountain should contact Jonathon Turlove, Associate Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.753.8068.