Merriam Bear Pit Fountain
This multi-level, multi-feature fountain is located along Shawnee Mission Parkway in Merriam just east of Interstate 35. It starts up by Shawnee Mission Parkway with a large pool with four bubblers in it and a sign for the City of Merriam across the top.
The water falls down to another pool with then flows into a channel that runs underneath a walkway. There are placards along the walkway telling the history of Merriam. The water ends up in the pool next to the Visitors Bureau. The pool contains seven more bubblers and a sculpture of a mother bear and two cubs.
Each side of the obelisk is marked with a metal star, except the west face which has the War Mothers’ emblem and the the years 1917 and 1918 inscribed. The south face has a blue star that is dedicated to those who served, the east face has a gold star symbolizing those who died in the war and the north face has a white star for those who were wounded. Each of the starred sides also has a military saber inscribed on the face underneath the star. On each side of the obelisk at the top is an eagle carved into the stone.