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James Scott Memorial Fountain, Detroit

#8 of 16 in Historic Sites in Detroit
Fountain · Hidden Gem · Landmark
The James Scott Memorial Fountain is a monument located in Belle Isle Park, in Detroit, Michigan. Designed by architect Cass Gilbert and sculptor Herbert Adams, the fountain was completed in 1925 at a cost of $500,000. The lower bowl has a diameter of 510 ft (160 m) and the central spray reaches 125 ft (38 m). The fountain honors the controversial James Scott, who left $200,000 to the City of Detroit for a fountain in tribute to himself.

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  • Every visit I make home to Detroit in the summer includes a drive around Belle Isle. My first stop is always James Scott Memorial Fountain. Yes, it brings back memories of my childhood growing up in.....  more »
  • This fountain was definitely a highlight when we explored Belle Isle Park recently. Located near the old Casino building (which appears to be a special event venue), it is massive and is being very.....  more »
  • Beautiful and pristine. Wonderful views of the city. Belle Isle is a great place for a family outing, now very well maintained since the state has taken it over. Beautiful place for a picnic, in the middle of the Detroit river, with great views of the city and Windsor. A real gem worth visiting! 👍😀
  • Belle isle has really came a long way. The fountain is beautiful at night. I would highly recommend visiting, especially if you are not from the area. At night it is lit up beautifully. Definitely worth seeing.

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