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Crews working to repair vandalized Morrissey Fountain in Saratoga Springs

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Albany/HV: Crews working to repair vandalized Morrissey Fountain in Saratoga Springs
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Public works crews in Saratoga Springs are working to a repair a historic fountain that was toppled several weeks ago.

According to police, the Morrissey Fountain, which has sat in front of the Canfield Casino in Congress Park since 1870, was recently vandalized. The fountain was built by John Morrissey, one of the original founders of Saratoga Racecourse and the casino.

According to local folk lore, the fountain may have played key role in early illegal gambling operations.

"It's said that since it was an illegal operation. When the casino was open for gambling, the fountain would have a red ball that would balance on top of the water so that anybody coming by knew Morrissey's place was open and they could go in and play games. There's a lot of places like that that are associated with this building and other parts of Saratoga Springs history. The fact we can tell it as part of Saratoga Springs history or even folklore, we're lucky to do that," said Jamie Parillo, Saratoga Springs History Museum Executive Director.

Congress Park had surveillance cameras installed several years ago after vandalism to a different fountain. Police are hoping to identify a suspect though use of the footage.

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