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Carl J. DiCapo Fountain

Located in Kessler Park on the picturesque Cliff Drive in Kansas City's north end, the Carl J. DiCapo Fountain used to be the site of a spring where local residents came for their water. In 1989, the city's Parks Department installed the fountain -- but what they really made was a lovely, roaring waterfall that looks as old as the park itself (which goes back more than 100 years). It nestles among the trees like a three-tiered throne of limestone more than 30 feet high. A sign warns that wading or swimming in the triangular basin is illegal, but on the right summer evening, a small party of kids and grown-ups frolics in water as if the fountain were an unplugged city fire hydrant.

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