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MCEWENSVILLE - Founded 1790. Formerly named "Pine Grove". Renamed for Alex. McEwen, which I assume is short for Alexander McEwen. The borough was not named for Scottish folk singer Alexander McEwen, but rather for Captain Alexander McEwen, a veteran of the War of 1812 who was also a merchant, canal contractor and the first postmaster of the town that was later renamed in his honor.


FLORENCE - Founded 1814.  Unincorporated village in Northern Washington County.  Originally named Briceland's Crossroads.  It was named after a hotel ran by James Briceland at the intersection of the Pittsburgh and Stuebenville Pike with the Washington and Georgetown Road.

Frankfort (or Frankford) Springs

FRANKFORT SPRINGS - Founded 1772.  Small Beaver County Community of just over 100 residents.  Frankfort Springs is known for the nearby Frankfort Mineral Springs that are located within Racoon Creek State Park.  The springs were a central part of the former Frankfort Mineral Springs Hotel that was extremely popular during the 1800s.

The general area around Frankfort Springs was first settled by Levi Dungan of Philadelphia.  Frankfort Springs is named after what is now the Frankford neighborhood in Philadelphia

It appears that the Keystone Town Marker may be in error as it does not appear that the town was ever named Frankford Springs.

Versailles Boro

VERSAILLES BORO - Founded in 1890 and originally part of Versailles Township, the Borough is named after Versailles, France.  However, the local pronunciation of the town is much different.  It is pronounced - "Ver - Sales" versus "Ver - Sigh".


BOSTON - Founded 1886.  Named after Boston, Massachusetts.  This community within Elizabeth Township sits along the Youghiogheny River.  Boston was one of the first trailheads along the Great Allegheny Passage - a very popular Rail Trail that runs from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC.

Pine Hill Vista

Within the friendly confines of Pinchot State Forest in southern Lackawanna County, there are quite a few scenic areas. One of these scenic areas is the Pine Hill Vista, at the top of the Big Pine Hill at 2260 feet above sea level. As I have become more interested in seeing the various scenic vistas of the Keystone State, a recent trip to the Poconos pointed me in the direction of the Pine Hill Vista. After all, I enjoy visiting fire towers and other scenic overlooks no matter where my travels take me. Traveling along some bumpy dirt roads through the Pinchot State Forest near Thornhurst, I reached a closed gate on Pine Hill Road and walked the rest of the way up to the vista, which was about a quarter of a mile long. You also have the option visiting the Pine Hill Vista as part of a longer hike, utilizing part of the Pinchot Trail system in the process, or by following a hiking loop on a number of trails.

Once you reach the summit of Big Pine Hill, you are at one of the highest point…