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World's First Weather Satellite

Pennsylvania is home to a number of firsts, including the site where the first weather satellite in the world was constructed. The first edition of the useful application of modern meteorology, known as TIROS I, was a joint collaboration between the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and Lavelle Aircraft Corporation. RCA was keen on the television and imaging technology of the day, but when it came to the aerospace engineering components and construction of the satellite, they turned to Lavelle, who designed and fabricated the satellite at their office in Newtown, Pennsylvania. While it was the first weather satelling, TIROS I had issues from the get go. TIROS I was launched on April 1, 1960, but due to electrical issues, it was rendered inoperable after only 77 days. Still, it provided many useful weather related images during its short time in operation.

Sources and Links: - The First Weather Satellite Historical Marker
NOAA Satellite and Information Service - A…

High Knob Overlook

Nestled on the edge of the woods of the Loyalsock State Forest in Sullivan County is the High Knob Overlook. At around 2000 feet high, the scenic overlook allows for expansive views of the hills and valleys to its west, with breathtaking views of 20 miles out on most days. While it's off the beaten path, the overlook is quite easy to get to, as there are paved roads leading right up to the parking lot for the overlook. The overlook sits on an Appalachian plateau where the hills and valleys were carved by ice during the Wisconsinan glaciation of the last Ice Age.

You can easily see the Loyalsock Creek valley, neighboring Tioga and Lycoming Counties, more mountains in the Loyalsock State Forest and more. Spectacular sunsets make the overlook quite popular, and due to the dark skies at night, it's also possible to see people out with telescopes gazing at the night sky. Other popular times to visit the High Knob Overlook are during the month of June when the mountain laurel bloom…


FORKSVILLE - Founded 1810. Named from location at forks of Big and Little Loyalsock Creeks. Forksville is also home to the Forksville Covered Bridge, and next to the covered bridge is the Forksville General Store, which makes an excellent cheesesteak. Nearby to Forksville is the Loyalsock State Forest, High Knob Overlook and Worlds End State Park.

Bookstore now open

Help support our site by visiting the Quintessential Pennsylvania Bookstore.  Here Doug and I will be listing books and other materials that we take along while discovering Pennsylvania.  It can be accessed here!


WAYNE - Founded 1880. Formerly "Louella" - Renamed for General Anthony Wayne. This community located on the Main Line west of Philadelphia is near where Anthony Wayne was born in 1745.

Sources and Links: - General Anthony Wayne
Main Line Homes - History of the Philadelphia Main Line


ARDMORE - Founded 1873. Formerly "Athensville", renamed Ardmore in 1873.

The name Ardmore comes from an Irish town of the same name. Located on US 30 about 10 miles west of Philadelphia, Ardmore is one of the famous and affluent Main Line communities that were originally served by the Pennsylvania Railroad's Main Line, which ran from Philadelphia to Bryn Mawr (later to Paoli). Downtown Ardmore is a shoppers' mecca, when one of the earliest official shopping centers in the United States, Suburban Square, opened in 1928. Because of Ardmore's status as a shopping destination, it has been given the nickname of the "Main Street of the Main Line".

Sources and Links:
Visit Philadelphia - Ardmore
Destination Ardmore - Welcome to Destination Ardmore
Main Line Homes - History of the Philadelphia Main Line
Ardmore Waterford - Explore Ireland's Ancient East - Ardmore, County Waterford

Tri-State Rock

It's not often you can locate the spot where three states meet.  And if you want to go to the exact spot where Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey meet well you'd have to take a boat or canoe out to the middle of the Delaware River to find it.  However, for the non-adventurous, you can come pretty close to it, and there's a monument to go with it.

Tri-State Rock is located in Port Jervis, New York and is the "unofficial" point where the three states meet.  The location of the Tri-Point is where two rivers, the Neversink and Delaware, meet.  Tri-State Rock is known historically as Carpenter's Point and a monument noting the tri-point has been in place here since 1882.

There are actually two monuments located here.  The Tri-Point Monument which sits at the end of the peninsula as close to the actual tri-point as possible, and the Witness Monument (shown above) located on somewhat higher ground from the Tri-Point monument while standing directly under a brid…