GENESEO – It looks like Geneseo’s sorely missed bear fountain will be replaced rather than repaired.
Mayor Richard Hatheway verified at Monday night’s Village Board meeting that the basin of Main Street’s bear fountain cannot hold water and is irreparable, but they are in search for granite to emulate the original.
The special pinkish granite is difficult to find. Currently, the search is on in Vermont.
There was previous speculation that the granite could be procured as far away as India or China.
The fountain pedestal is still intact and will be restored by Moorland Studios.
The bear fountain was struck by a tractor trailer this past April. Fortunately, the fountain’s main attraction, Emmeline the bear, was saved and is currently on display at the Livingston County Museum until further notice.
Geneseo’s bear fountain was built in 1888 and served as a watering spot for horses. For many years, water came to it by wood pipes under Main and Center Streets.
Historical societies made and kept detailed records of the fountain’s every feature so that it could be rebuilt after a disaster such as this.