Location: Parkesburg, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
In 1905 a fountain/horse trough was installed by Parkesburg Business Men’s Association on the north side of the railroad tracks at Main Street and Strasburg Road adjacent to the National Bank. Horses were tied to it while owners shopped on Main Street. The fountain was removed due to decline of use and the advent of the automobile. A memorial to local WW1 veterans was erected in its stead on Independence Day 1924.
Irvine Guest, a member of the Parkesburg Business Men’s Association took ownership of the fountain and placed it in storage. In 1955 the fountain was visible in the garden of Viola Hawk with a fresh coat of paint furnished by Ross Pierce. The fountain reappeared on a brick base at the intersection of Main Street and Strasburg Avenue directly across the street from Rocco’s and Anna’s fine Italian restaurant.
It was refurbished by Jeff Hery in the 1990s and disappeared in the summer of 2009. This historical artifact was removed during a dispute with the local government and is the personal property of a local resident who resides on the outskirts of town.
This drinking fountain/horse trough is a modification of a drinking fountain with lamp manufactured by M.D. Jones of Boston, Massachusetts. Seated on a square block with a small basin for dogs, this fountain is shaped in the form of an urn. It was seated on a square base with a fluted pedestal which supported a wide basin decorated with foliate frieze and a fluted cornice. Water was delivered via the mouths of lion mascarons on the short fluted pillar. The structure was terminated with an orb.
- Cornice, a molding or ornamentation that projects from the top of a building
- Fluted, a long rounded groove decorating the shaft of a column
- Foliate, decorated with leaves or leaf like motif
- Frieze, the horizontal part of a classical moulding just below the cornice, often decorated with carvings
- Mascaron, a decorative element in the form of a sculpted face or head of a human being or an animal
- Pedestal, an architectural support for a column or statue