Saturday, June 5, 2010

Three Coins in the Fountain....Part Two

Next stop on the 'fountain' tour was downtown Mobile, to Bienville Square. Named for Mobile's founder, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, it takes up an entire city block, bordered by four streets.

Bienville Square had its beginnings as a public park in 1824 after Congress declared that the land be forever used as a city park. The walkways, benches, and live oaks were added in the 1850's.  The large cast iron fountain with an acanthus leaf motif was installed in the 1890's. 

There used to be goldfish in the fountain when I was young.  Those days are no more.

It's still a lovely place, full of squirrels that are so tame some will come and eat right out of your hand.

This little fellow is enjoying a yogurt-covered pretzel which I happend to have on hand.  He probably doesn't get those very often!

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