Fisher Fountain seasonal shutdown
Monday, Oct. 2, marks the end of operation season for Jacob Fisher Rainbow Fountain.
The fountain, located in front of Hastings Utilities headquarters at 1228 N. Denver Ave., will continue to run its water and light show through Monday before getting cleaned and winterized.
Jacob Fisher Rainbow Fountain is a local and regional landmark that draws numerous crowds to its location throughout the summer months. Originally meant to be a temporary exhibit at the 1932 Adams County Fair, it was relocated to Highland Park, the municipal park located in front of Hastings Utilities' main offices, in 1933. It was a "sign of hope" for local and area citizens during the Depression and dust bowl days of the 1930's.
Fisher Fountain, the largest of its kind between Denver and Chicago, remains a source of great community pride today. Its name was derived from two winning essays written by young school children to name the structure. Jacob Fisher was the mayor of Hastings when the park was first developed.
The "Rainbow Fountain" describes the many changing colors of lights that accompany the varying arrays of water sprays.
A perimeter jet pump motor was replaced on the fountain in early August after the previous one burned up on July 17. Following the repairs, the center jet also had more power than before, with the ability to exceed the 67 feet that was formerly the maximum height.
The 3-horsepower, variable-speed perimeter jet pump motor runs the eight jets on the perimeter of the bowl. Those jets normally run all day long as well as with the lighted show at night.