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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, 2021
2Inspector's Report Department of Weights and Measures, 1936

Read More About the Vale on Rick Sebak's Blog and See an Old Photo

Would you like to see the Vale restored before it is lost to us? Please share your thoughts at and attend the next meeting of the Friends of South Park.

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Last Updated 05/06/2021