The old horse fountain

The old horse fountain

When I was a kid in the fan we rode our bikes all over and I was amazed to find this fountain designed to water the horses of mounted soldiers and police. The whole area was forgotten then, empty of people and commerce. This photo was from that time. Maybe it should be bulldozed to make room for a NASCAR welcome center parking lot. What’s that Joni Mitchell song? “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot”

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11 Responses to “The old horse fountain”

  1. Nice photo. The fountain is still there and now is the hub of a commercial plaza mostly occupied by an advertising agency. They are the people that bring you all the Geico commercials.

  2. I heard that the Washington Redskins are relocating their training camp to Richmond. Maymont Park should be a good site but they would have to get rid of those decrepit old buildings, fountains etc.This should generate enough revenue to fund the new tribunal to try the Confederate war criminals posthumously and finally melt down those racist statues along Monument Ave. to be remolded into the long overdue bronze shrine the city council has designated “The Apotheosis of Nat Turner” that wil replace the Lee statue and have easy access to the new “Slave Market” historic reenactment site. Tourist will flock to see the daily slave auction with simulated whippings and the chance to bid on the the most comely young volunteers to help fund the park. Yes, it’s a new day for Richmond and the best is yet to come.

  3. It has come to my attention that some readers have taken my attempts at sardonic sarcasm as an offensive and politically incorrect viewpoint. Mea culpa if my diatribes at first glance offend your delicate sensibilities. I occasionally craft my ironic diatribes to be “over the top” in some sort of quixotic effort to remind readers that there are often three sides to every coin or issue, my view point, your opinion and somewhere in the middle the cold hard truth. My heartfelt wish is that all history and historical sites in Richmond from the original pilgrims, the colonies, the revolution, the civil war, the slave holding times and other significant eras be preserved , remembered and documented in the future. Those who do not remember the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them in the future.

  4. jude3obscured Says:

    Sardonic sarcasm? That’s not repetitive. Or redundant.

  5. Sardonic and sarcastic do have somewhat different meanings as do the words “redundant and repetitive”, the former or the latter uses have subtle nuances or delicate shades of variation in the English language. I believe that it is these very nuances that give such soaring wings and kaleidoscopic coloration to the prose and poetry written in English. Although the Spanish and French languages have words that seem to be untranslatable into English we usually have a few different words that mean roughly the same thing. This is one of the reasons it is relatively easy to learn Spanish, harder to learn English and much more difficult to write in it. I continue to appreciate your corrections.

  6. I forgot to mention that you may wish to turn the mirror on your own comment. I see three phrases, one complete sentence and the word “Or” as the start of an incomplete sentence. It’s all in fun and thank goodness we are not being graded at the home of “Ribaldry, Rancor and Rank Nonsense”. We would all fail the course.

  7. jude3obscured Says:

    The rule about not starting a sentence with “Or” (or “But”) is a shibboleth. Look that up in your Funky Wagon, Roto.

  8. rotobra Says:

    But I was learned by an old school grammarian. Or sometimes punished by my step-dad, the College English professor, for such cunjuctional infractions. And my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Lipschitz, often corrected me in this regard. Or maybe they were all wrong. But since common usage of our language changes by the minute, who am I to say what is right or wrong? And what was incorrect yesterday could be merely a shibboleth today. Or, as you write, beginning sentences with conjuctions may be perfectly acceptable usage nowadays. Yet, I’m a little “old school” about this sort of thing. So, I’m glad that we have started this discussion. Or consider how many of the Musers know what the word “shibboleth” means. And after they look it up, do they understand what the word really means?
    I am just saying.
    Roto

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