St. Joseph, Michigan’s little-known fountain


The lovely Minerva fountain in St. Joseph, MI awaiting her makover

There are several fountains in St. Joseph, Michigan, two of the more “famous” of them being the Maids of the Mist fountain and the Whirlpool Compass fountain.  The Maids of the Mist has been a landmark on the bluff for many years and is always a popular spot for a photo op by many of the tourists who pass through our lovely city.  The Whirlpool Compass fountain is a newcomer to the area.  It is situated right in front of Silver Beach and provides hours of fun for kids and adults alike who enjoy cooling off in the water jets and playing on the splash pad on warm summer days.

This post, however, is a tribute to one of St. Joseph’s lesser-known fountains.  Her name is Minerva and she has the pleasure of residing on the patio at The Painted Turtle Inn.  Minerva’s previous caretaker has provided some history on this lovely fountain.  The original owner of the house saw the fountain while on vacation in Philadelphia.  It was love at first sight and Mrs. Parr just had to have her.  So Minerva rode home on the top of the family station wagon all the way from Philadelphia to St. Joe where she still stands today.  As you may glean from the photo of her, she is in need of a little TLC to bring her back to life.  Lucky for her, she found us!  We hope to have her back in service this summer….but you don’t get to see her unless you are guests of our Bed and Breakfast!

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