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I. E. Rose Fountain

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1916. N. Commerce St. at N. 4th St.

Isaac E. “Ike” Rose, a German immigrant, joined his family in Wills Point before moving to Dallas to make his fortune in real estate. He later donated the gleaming cast-in-place concrete fountain, which stands as a gateway to the Wills Point commercial area. The centerpiece of the fountain is an octagonal Tuscan column on a raised base, topped with a crowned sphere, and with circular planters (the original fountain basins). The fountain serves as a pedestrian refuge within the busy, brick-paved intersection. It has been the site of a century of political speeches and pep rallies. The monument is a lingering reminder of the pervasive impact of the City Beautiful movement inspired by Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition on small-town Texas.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.



Gerald Moorhead et al., "I. E. Rose Fountain", [Wills Point, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 110-110.

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