Details for Rose Fountain (Atlas Number 5507016756)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507016756


Marker Number 16756
Atlas Number 5507016756
Marker Title Rose Fountain
Index Entry Rose Fountain
City Wills Point
County Van Zandt
UTM Zone
UTM Easting
UTM Northing
Subject Codes
Marker Year 2011
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location Intersection of State Highway 47 and North Commerce Street
Marker Size RTHL medallion & plate with out post
Marker Text German brothers B. W. and Isaac Edward “Ike” Rose came to nearby Cedar Grove in 1873 and the same year moved to Wills Point, where they opened Rose Dry Goods Store. In 1884, Ike moved to Dallas and was a successful entrepreneur. B. W. remained in Wills Point. In 1916, Ike and Mayor Henry Gilchrist discussed a gift to the city. Ike chose a fountain, not as a memorial, but as a gift of appreciation to a city he loved. The concrete fountain has a circular base with steps, water troughs, vases, and a central column with globe lights and finial. The iconic fountain serves as a gathering spot, a focus for celebrations, and a welcome to the city’s historic commercial district.


Rose Fountain (RTHL)
Rose Fountain (RTHL)