PHOTOS: Marietta Square fountain over the years

4:01 p.m Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 Cobb County
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July 3, 2000: Valerie Stockett and Matt Riedel both from Baltimore, Maryland, enjoying a restful morning interlude near the popular fountain on the Marietta Square. They were in town for the holiday visiting Stockett's parents.

For the last three decades, the calming (or bathroom-scurry-inducing) sound of the fountain has presided over Marietta Square.

Sometimes drought and repairs have silenced the quiet aquatics, but the fountain remains the postcard symbol of the city.

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According to a 1985 newspaper story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution archives, Harold Willingham, who served in the Georgia House, donated $35,000 to make the fountain a reality.

Below are some photos of the 3,000-pound, cast-iron icon from over the years.

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April 27, 2014: Daughter and father Melissa and Ken Jones enjoy corn chowder and lobster and sauce by the fountain during the 21st Annual Taste of Marietta Celebration.
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Dec. 22, 2012: As the wind howled Friday night over Marietta Square, visitors awoke Saturday morning, Dec. 22, to a layer of ice and icicles near the fountain.
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From the early 2000s: Michelle Marbury of Acworth, in the pink shirt, plays with her 1-year-old daughter Imani, in the white shirt, on the Square in Marietta. She is joined by Jean Autry and her two granddaughters, 3-year-old Isabella Bowling (left) and 2-year-old Julia Bowling (right).
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May 13, 2010: Bella Simmons splashes in the renovated fountain with Daniel Horne, both 3-year-olds from Marietta. The fountain and Marietta Square had just undergone renovations and repairs.
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May 13, 2010: Members of the Powder Springs Senior Center took a field trip to the newly renovated Marietta Square.
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(Left to right) Ellia Kelso, 5, Dawson Hancock, age 5 (in tie-dye T-shirt), Hank Austin, 3 (behind Dawson) and Micah Hancock, 3, run around the fountain during a music performance.
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Sept. 14, 1998: Pigeons flock around the fountain at Glover Park on the Marietta Square.
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Sept. 6, 2010: Sadie Estes, 4, of Marietta, cools off in the Marietta Square fountain during the 24th Annual Art in the Park festival.

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Dec. 26. 2002: The fountain at Glover Park on the Marietta Square was almost completely frozen over.
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May 7, 2009: Two-year-old Emma Harding cools off by splashing her feet in the fountain during a free concert on Marietta Square.
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Oct. 4, 2007: The fountain at Marietta Square's Glover Park had been turned off due to water restrictions, which the city has done during drought conditions.
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Two-year-old Zachary Mullinax cools off by splashing his feet in the fountain.
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March 10, 2009: Remuijio Ortiz sandblasts the fountain in the middle of Marietta Square. Crews were stripping the new paint off to apply a new coat of epoxy primer and a coat of black epoxy paint with an antique finish.
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March 10, 2009: Remuijio Ortiz sandblasts the fountain in the middle of Marietta Square. Crews were stripping the new paint off to apply a new coat of epoxy primer and a coat of black epoxy paint with an antique finish.

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Jan. 7, 2004: City of Marietta employee Bob Keith tries to stay warm while cleaning Glover Park on the Marietta Square. The fountain sits frozen as the morning temperature in Marietta hovered around 19 degrees.
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Aug. 13, 2007: Pam Burel found a shady spot on Marietta Square to read during her lunch break. While it was hot, it wasn't nearly as hot as last week, and it was "too cold" inside, she said.
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July 4, 2009: Kit Waldrep, 3, of Smyrna eats a corn dog while cooling her feet in the fountain after watching the Marietta Freedom Parade.
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July 17, 2006: The heat in metro Atlanta was at times stifling, but Michelle Lester, 33, right, and her daughter Chrissy, 12, found the cool waters of the fountain at Marietta's Glover Park just the thing to help with the problem.
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Aug. 24, 2001: Enjoying an evening in the park, 5-year-old Brie Withrow, center, plays in the fountain at Marietta Square with her little sister, Paige Withrow, right, before a musical performance.
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Nov. 10, 2009: Contractor Dan Spinney removes the damaged primer from the Marietta Square fountain. The fountain is being "re-refurbished." It had rained the day after the paint job the previous year, which damaged the primer.

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