It’s the stone monument (I think it was once a fountain) in Burr Oak Park on High Street.
I really like that park, it is a nice peaceful walk and of course, that tree is HUGE! I’ve always thought the Victorian Mansion that’s across the street from this park, the huge greenish one with the lookout tower at the top is really interesting. Anyone know the story on that Mansion?
I went out to visit it this morning. The plaque next to it explains that Edward S. Easton, one of Peoria’s wealthiest residents, placed a number of these water fountains downtown.
Providing easy access to fresh water was Easton’s way of welcoming travelers and their horses arriving in Peoria.
The shape makes me think horses and people drank from the same fountains.
PI: I enjoyed the Alps post on Peoria Illinoisian site…went & saw it this morning, too. It was right where you described. Fascinating stories.
Josh: Easton built the mansion at the corner of Main and High, wonderfully restored by Converse Marketing. It was part of a home tour last year and I learned that four presidents (Teddy Roosevelt was one, I forget the other three) were entertained in it and are each featured in portraits on display inside. Peoria’s distillery barons were quite powerful in those decades leading up to prohibition.
I know the people that own that house across the street. Its my big brothers ex’s family. They have lived there since the 1950′s. I dont know about it before that. They have been slowly remodeling the inside.
It was also featured in the Richard Pryor movie JoJo dancer .