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(June 16–21, 2005)

Scott Doenges

Sunset on the Great Salt Lake

David Diederich

Grand Basin in Forest Park

St. Louis, Missouri, USA

June 21, 2005 12:00 PM

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In 1876, Forest Park was created from 1,371 acres of land west of downtown St. Louis. By the 1890s, the public park was widely used for recreation with bicycle paths, baseball diamonds and lawn tennis courts. An expanded lake provided park-goers with an opportunity for boating in the summer and skating in the winter.

The Grand Basin at the foot of Art Hill in Forest Park has been dramatically renovated as part of the Forest Park Revitalization Plan. A central element of this project is 8 newly completed fountains similar to those that existed at the time of the 1904 World's Fair. Their purpose is both aesthetic and a way of reducing water quality problems through aeration. The two largest fountains propel water 50 feet high while six more shoot water 30 feet into the air. The Grand Basin was dedicated on January 13, 2004.

The St. Louis Art Museum can be seen at the top of Art Hill.
Nikon Coolpix 4300, WC-E63 wide converter lens, tripod, home-made pano head, Autostich, PanoVue ImageAssembler

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