Fort Bellefontaine Staircase

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Fort Bellefontaine Park, far north at the very end of Bellefontaine Road (Broadway in the city) remains one of the most beautiful but neglected sites in the region. What is interesting about the site is that none of the fort remains, and the iconic staircase was built as a WPA project. Beyond a security checkpoint for a county medical institution, it is worth the visit. The dramatic staircase cascades down to the river like the Spanish Steps in Rome. Fountains once adorned the stairs, but they no longer function.

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