Denver, Colorado ~ City Park ~ Ferril Lake ~
Dedicated August 19, 2008
The 2008 Electric Fountain was dedicated on August 19, 2008 and it delighted visitors attending
the Democratic National Convention in Denver with exciting displays of water in motion and
colored light, just as the 1908 fountain did 100 years ago.
The name "Electric Fountain" was given to a number of fountains built when the
age of electricity was young and arc lights were first used to illuminate them. Some of
these Electric Fountains were designed by a brilliant electrical engineer and inventor
by the name of F.W. Darlington. Research has uncovered fountains designed by Darlington
as early as 1896. Newspaper accounts refer to "polychrome lighting" in the glowing
descriptions of the dramatic new lighting effects.
However, the Electric Fountain in Ferril Lake at Denver City Park seems to be the only
one to have the word "Prismatic" added to the name. The first place this terminology showed
up is in the Denver Municipal Facts issue of May 22, 1909, a publication of the City of Denver.
Early post cards like the one above, illustrated (with some careful air-brushing and coloring)
the rainbow of colored lighting effects on the water, as if generated by sunlight shining through a prism.
Notice: This web site and its contents are produced by Larry Kerecman,
founder of the Friends of the Electric Fountain, to disseminate information about the Electric Fountain
in Ferril Lake at City Park in Denver, Colorado. This is not an official web site of the
City and County
of Denver Department of Parks and Recreation, which owns and operates the