The Geneseo bear fountain may be back to its former glory soon, now that a replacement granite has been located.
According to Mayor Richard Hatheway, a 60-ton granite block that matches the original basin has been located in Branford, Connecticut – as well as someone who can carve a replacement.
The fountain’s basin and “capital,” which is the pillar in the middle of the fountain, were damaged beyond repair after a truck crashed into the fountain in April.
The metal work, plumbing, and Emmeline the bear were all able to be repaired. Emmeline is currently on display at the Livingston County Museum.
Hatheway says they’re working to get the stone out of the ground this fall before the ground gets hard, so the carver can begin work on the replacement basin.
As for the capital, they believe they’ve located rock that resembles it near Albany, and are considering sending a crew out to make sure it’s a match.
Officials are hoping that work will be completed and the fountain fully restored by next summer.