East India Square Fountain
- The Fountain at East India Square is a stone fountain, designed by John Collins, showing the changes in Salem's topography as the waterfront area was dredged and filled. The fountain's top layer shows the shore line of Salem before many areas were filled in. The bottom layer is Salem's shore line today. Called "Salem's Gateway to the Far East" the fountain was completed in 1976.
- In 1993, the fountain's pump was repaired after the fountain stopped working for about a year. The cost to the city was approximately $15,000.
- In spring of 2000, some repairs done to the fountain provoked much debate over whether the structure's aesthetic had been altered.
Vertical File in Salem Collection - Fountains- Essex St.
"Essex mall fountains to be repaired" Salem Evening News, Apr. 27, 1993, p. 13
"Salem fountain changes have some spouting" Salem Evening News, Apr. 28, 2000, p. A1
"Changes to East India Square fountain should be undone" Salem Evening News, May 2, 2000, p. B5