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Laurel Hollow Park - The Raccoon Pit
The Raccoon Pit was a hexagonal structure near the north side of tunnel of the stone bridge. The vintage post card below (postmarked 1911) shows the cement base with metal rods extending upward. As with the other animals, the raccoons were brought in seasonally from Pittsburgh. They were specially trained to do tricks for park visitors.

All that remains of the Raccoon pit today is the cement base and even that is heavily worn.



Raccoon Pit, circa 1910.


Closeup of the pit base with broken and rusted steel rods


Here is the raccoon pit's location with respect to other park features.
A: Raccoon Pit, B: Circular Garden, C: Bear Pit, D: Fountain and Duck Pond, E: Bridge, F: Monkey Cages, G: Stone Bridge.

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