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Louisville Falls Fountain, 1992

Posted on May 30, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

The Louisville Falls Fountain in the Ohio River on May 15, 1992. The fountain, a gift to the city from the late Barry Bingham Sr. and his wife, was intended to be a tourist attraction when it was turned on in August 1988. It didn’t pan out as hoped and was plagued by higher-than-expected maintenance costs. It was shut off after malfunctions in 1998. It was later sold for scrap. At the time of this image, the Louisville Water Co. took over operation of the fountain, agreeing to provide $120,000 a year through 1994 with the plan to find some other means of covering the cost. Billed as the world’s tallest floating fountain, it shot water 420 feet, but to reduce costs, the water company lowered the height to 375 feet. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

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