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The Vale of Cashmere

The Vale of Cashmere is best seen in the spring when the stonework, constructed by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps., is visible and wildflowers are in bloom.

The creek once flowed through these beautiful winding stone channels to a series of pools.

Major Henry Hornbostel, Director, Department of Parks, is quoted as saying "there is one little valley with tiny lakes, a place in South Park which is known as the Vale of Cashmere, and this is the proudest showplace that I know. It is one of the most sentimental bits of landscaping yet produced."1 The Inspector's Report, Department of Weights and Measures (for the year 1936), described the Vale of Cashmere as " a beauty spot of jewel-like appearance and proportion."2

1Pittsburgh Press, August 31, 1938
2Inspector's Report Department of Weights and Measures, 1936

If you would like to participate in a monthly work party to maintain the Vale, please contact for the next time and meeting location.

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Last Updated 05/06/2014