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DPW works to maintain Soldiers Memorial Fountain

DPW works to maintain Soldiers Memorial Fountain

Workers from POUGHKEEPSIE DPW were maintaining the troops Memorial Fountain on Friday in order to honor Union troops who lost their lives in the Civil War. On July 4, 1870, the fountain—one of four in the world—was dedicated to the City of Poughkeepsie.

During the 1800s, when the fountain was being built, 24 water jets were imported from Paris and topped by the goddess Demeter.

The same mold was used to cast three other fountains, which were installed in Cusco, Peru, Madison, Indiana, and Savannah, Georgia. Often referred to as the Poughkeepsie fountain’s twin, the most renowned one is located in Savannah.

According to Chris Gent, the DPW Commissioner for the City of Poughkeepsie, DPW workers were fixing the pump and piping to the top bowl on Friday in order to guarantee that every nozzle receives the same quantity of water flow. In order to maintain the fountain’s brightness, the staff also cleaned it.

Gent gave his employees praise for their efforts. I’m proud of the work the city’s DPW crews do since they put in a lot of effort to maintain the city tidy and operating as it should.


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