The Cascade

The Cascade (HM1B4M)

Location: Birmingham, AL 35209 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 29.468', W 86° 47.73'

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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 sounds and movements of water. Unfortunately, the cascade was removed in the 1969-71-park renovation. No remnants or original technical drawing of the fountain remain.

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 SanctuaryThe 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 swan in the pools. B-25 Rear View of Vulcan showing waterfalls and Pools, Birmingham, Ala.
HM NumberHM1B4M
Placed ByMrs. Claire H. Fairley in memory of Mr. Albert L. Fairley Jr
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 5:00am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 518997 N 3705754
Decimal Degrees33.49113333, -86.79550000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 29.468', W 86° 47.73'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 29' 28.08" N, 86° 47' 43.80" W
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Area Code(s)205
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1701 Valley View Dr, Birmingham AL 35209, US
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