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Baker Fireman’s Fountain in Owego Getting Facelift

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A historic fountain in Owego is getting a facelift. The Baker Fireman’s Fountain located behind the courthouse has been temporarily removed for rehabilitation.

The fountain is in need of a number of things, like a new paint job and plumbing work.

The 104-year-old fountain was dedicated in 1914 by Frank Baker, a former fire chief, in honor of his son who died in an accident. His son was also a former fire chief.

In honor of that story, the Owego Hose Team is planning to install a memorial walkway made of memorial bricks, as well as a maltese cross to honor fallen firefighters.

The Hose Team decided to make this their first community project back in 2016, and since then have raised $75,000 for the project.

“The fountain is a symbol of the community-minded residents of Owego, specifically the volunteer firefighters. Through this project, we’ve really demonstrated how Owego’s come together to pull this project off.” - Patrick Gavin, Owego Hose Team

Now, the fountain will be shipped off to Alabama, where Robinson Iron will work on it over the next three months.

“We will clean it thoroughly, get all the old paint off of it, get all the oxidation off of it, then take a look at it, investigate cracks, and see what needs to be repaired.”

Luke Robinson of Robinson Iron said he’s used to coming to small towns to see historic fountains that have seen better days and is happy to make them functioning and beautiful again.

“These fountains mean so much to these communities and we know that, and we wanna take good care of them.”

Robinson will work to repair it and make sure it can withstand the cold New York winters.

“We’ll be putting a zinc primer coating and other epoxy primers on top of that, and then eventually finishing it, putting it all together, and bringing it back to Owego.”

The fountain will be back in its permanent spot by the fall or the spring.