Capitol Park Fountain & Cannon
Near W. Main and S. Carroll Streets. The ornate, 10-ton, four-tiered, Renaissance-style
cast-iron fountain was a copy of a "Centennial Fountain" exhibited at the United States
Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. It was erected in 1878 over an artesian
well which supplied its water. After the capitol burned in 1904 and during the
construction of the present capitol the fountain was moved to the old governor's mansion,
130 E. Gilman Street. In 1943, during World War II, Gov. Walter Goodland sold the
fountain for scrap metal. There is a small replica of the fountain in the present
Governor's Residence garden in Maple Bluff.
There are conflicting stories about the cannon: Either it was a relic from the Spanish
American war and was moved to the Van Buren Street entrance to Vilas Park (Capital Times
"The Town Gossip by the Gypsy column June 26, 1932) or it was a Civil War cannon moved
to Olin Park at the foot of M.L. King Jr. Blvd. and later to the "city yards" and "it is
somewhere on exhibition near Madison". (Wisconsin State Journal Nov. 5, 1944). Neither
story says what finally happened to it!