The Courthouse and Victoria Park

Law and order overlooks the town from atop the hill.  The original building was erected from 1838 to 1842, with renovations to the facade made during the 1880s and again following damage caused by the adjacent Quaker Oats fire of 1916.
Victoria park covers three acres, and at one time had to be completely fenced off to prevent the town livestock from grazing. 

I always thought the “Fishing Boy” fountain was from the Victorian era.  It's a mid-century modern prefab installed in 1952.

When I was a child, the fountain was entirely black and the details were obscured.  The patina today is rather nice, and looks as though it is a quite recent faux finish.


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