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Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Cascade

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, September 17, 2013
1. Cascade Marker
Inscription. One popular element of the park’s original design was a water feature known as the cascade. Cascading fountains were important features in formal European gardens. Their terraced pools and waterfalls animated the landscape with the sounds and movement of water. Unfortunately, the cascade was removed in the 1969-71 park renovation. No remnants or original technical drawings of the fountain remain.

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WPA records tell us that the Singing Tower, built in 1928 at Historic Bok Sanctuary in central Florida, was an inspiration for Vulcan Park. Both sites feature a stone tower and a long axial water feature in a park setting. Courtesy of Bok Sanctuary The cascade’s strong lines led the eye up the hillside to the tower and statue - the central focal point of the park. Today, the terracing of the slope and the stairs leading up the hill have been returned.

Many people who visited Vulcan Park prior to the 1969-71 renovation fondly remember the cascade – and the fish that swam in the pools. B-25 Rear View of Vulcan showing waterfalls and Pools, Birmingham, Ala.
 
Erected by Mrs. Claire H. Fairley in memory of Mr. Albert L. Fairley Jr.
 
Location. 33° 29.468′ N, 86° 
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By Sandra Hughes, September 17, 2013
2. Cascade Marker
47.73′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Valley View Drive west of Richard Arrington Jr Boulevard South. Click for map. Located in Vulcan Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham AL 35209, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Designing Vulcan Park (within shouting distance of this marker); South (within shouting distance of this marker); Building The Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Birmingham District Minerals (within shouting distance of this marker); The Works Progress Administration (within shouting distance of this marker); The Iron Man: Vulcan (within shouting distance of this marker); Vulcan Statue (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lone Pine Mine (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Birmingham.
 
Also see . . .  Vulcan Park and Museum. (Submitted on October 6, 2013.)
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkMan-Made Features
 
Cascade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 17, 2013
3. Cascade Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 372 times since then and 33 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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