13 Oddly Dramatic Moments In The History Of Water Fountains


When was the last time you gave serious thought to a drinking fountain? Maybe it was in elementary school, when they were the only way to wet your whistle. Or maybe never. That would be perfectly understandable. They seem boring!

But they’re not. Far from it.

About a month ago, I started looking into the history of water fountains — basically on a whim. (I came across some interesting facts about them while researching my massive story about public drinking a year ago, because the search queries overlapped, and thought I’d follow up.) But once I started digging, I quickly became obsessed. It turns out the history of drinking fountains is much crazier than I could have imagined. Brace yourselves.

1. In 1859, thousands of people gathered to watch the opening of the the first drinking fountain in London.

Opening Of The First Public Drinking Fountain For The Metropolis (Photo by Liszt Collection/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

The history of fountains stretches back thousands of years, to ancient Crete and Greece, where fountains were fundamental building blocks of early urban life. People came to some and filled up jugs of water, while others were basically public sculptures that incorporated moving water. —> Read More Here


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