The other day we were riding through East St. Louis, when an East Side friend offered to drive by the base of the towering East St. Louis fountain.
It was a little after 2:00 pm and the giant fountain was asleep. You get to the fountain complex by driving under the spaghetti maze of elevated east side highways. You exit downtown ESL, and follow the old street grid past many overgrown vacant lots.
Eventually you come upon the fenced yard of the fountain. There, sitting at the center of a small reservoir, you see what looks like an upside-down version of the exhaust baffles from the old Apollo rockets. When the fountain is on (a little past noon), a 500 (+) foot tall column of water shoots straight up in the air out of the holding pond.
Drive a little further and you're at the ESL levee; make a right, and you're on the river side of the Casino Queen Casino hotel. Soon, the geyser site will be the center of a new east side regional park.
Next time, I'm going to visit when the fountain is ON.