The first fountain construction dates back to 3000 BC in Mesopotamia. A basin that drew water from a number of natural springs made up the very basic structure of this fountain. Since this first discovery, researchers have found several fountains in Greece and Rome that are similar to it. Many fountains have been constructed since those early times of their existence, and some of the most well-known in the present day are The Magic Fountain of Montjuic in Barcelona, Spain, the Friendship of the Peoples Fountain in Moscow, Russia, and King Fahd's Fountain in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Rome, which boasts over 3,000 fountains, has the highest quantity of fountains in the world, but many of them are no longer in use and in disrepair. The most operational water fountains of any city in the world may be found in Kansas City, Missouri, US. There are almost 200 operational fountains in Kansas City, according to the City of Fountains Foundation. The city has been nicknamed the "City of Fountains" as a result of this.
George Kessler and August Meyer, two urban planners, are responsible for Kansas City's affinity for fountains. These two men traveled extensively around Europe in the 19th century and attempted to make Kansas City more beautiful by drawing inspiration from the architectural styles of Paris, Vienna, Rome, and other European towns. The first fountain in Kansas City was constructed in 1899, however, it was relocated in 1991 from its original location. The women of Kansas City began canvassing for money to build new fountains in the 1900s as part of an effort to avoid sharing water sources with horses and improve sanitation in the city. The need for higher hygiene standards is responsible for several of Kansas City's earliest fountains.
Without visiting the fountains, a visitor's trip to Kansas City cannot be counted as complete. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art's Fountain Basin, which features a bowl from 220 AD and a pedestal from 1933, Vietnam Veterans' Fountain, which was built in honor of the 461 men from Kansas City who lost their lives fighting for their country in the Vietnam War, the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Fountain, which was completed in 2000, and the Meyer-Circle Sea Horse Fountain, which was built in the 1920s, are some of the most popular fountains among tourists and residents alike.