To commemorate this week’s Taste of Chicago celebration, here’s a Google Maps satellite image of the
world’s United States’ most famous fountain: Buckingham Fountain. We’ve all seen images and video of ol’ Bucky countless times, but seeing an aerial view is quite unique.
From an IM converstation a few nights ago with my brother:
yikesmoose: did you know that buckingham fountain has its own mailing address?
spudart: it also generates about $200 in change a year
yikesmoose: that’s it?
spudart: where did i read that?
i just read that recently
i think it was in time out chicago
yikesmoose: so I can go over to buckingham fountain with 200 pennies, dump ’em in there, and then say that I contributed 1% of their annual income?
that’s seems sad for one of the world’s most popular fountains. Lemme correct that. that seems sad for the world’s most popular fountain. Tell me of a fountain that’s more famous that Buckingham Fountain.
spudart: that’s what the article was about
how it’s sad that we don’t compare to the world
yikesmoose: i think there’s some city worker who is pocketing like 90% of what goes into Buckingham Fountain
yikesmoose: I can picture it now. Time Out Chicago goes to interview the Buckingham Fountain people. They ask how much money comes out of the fountain annually. The response is “$200” only because the guy that collects it doesn’t want people to know he’s pocketing thousands of dollars.
That’s totally Chicago.