General Zachary Taylor's men dug an artesian well in this area in the summer of 1845. The City of Corpus Christi incorporated in 1852, and in 1854, Henry Lawrence Kinney gave the new
city one acre of land for its first park, named Artesian Park. Development in the early 1900’s included a bandstand, fountain, sidewalks, tables and benches, as well as trees.
I remember this fountain having problems when I worked for the city's Park and Recreation Department. There was a drought in the late 1970s and the early 1980s, and with more concrete and buildings being erected around the park, the artesian well stopped flowing.
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