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Reading Pagoda

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When one thinks of a pagoda, they normally picture the pagoda to be in a place like Japan or China. However, one of Reading, Pennsylvania's most famous landmarks is also a pagoda. Built on a hillside at the south end of Skyline Drive on scenic Mount Penn, the Pagoda offers a wonderful historic and scenic experience.

Constructed in 1906 by William Witman, Sr. with a cost of $50,000 by William A. Witman, Sr., the Pagoda was completed in 1908.  The pagoda was orginally built to be a luxury resort atop Mount Penn, but due to a bank foreclosure and the denial of a liquor license, Witman never opened the Pagoda. By 1910 the Pagoda and the surrounding property were sold to a local business owner. In 1911, the Pagoda was sold to the City of Reading for the grand sum of $1.
The Pagoda stands 7 stories high, 28 feet wide, 50 feet long, situated 620 feet above Reading at 866 feet above sea level. There are 60 tons of tiles and terra cotta on the pagoda with a total of 87 steps from the bott…

York Springs

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YORK SPRINGS - Founded 1808.  Named after local mineral springs that attracted visitors from Philadelphia and Baltimore as a summer resort during the early 1800s.  The town was originally named York Sulphur Springs, but it was eventually shortened to what it is called today.

Photo taken by Doug Kerr.

Yardley

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YARDLEY - Founded 1682.  Settled by the Yardley, also spelled Yeardley, Family and site of Yardley's Ferry and Mill.  Ferry service connected Yardley, PA to Ewing, NJ until May 1, 1876.  The town was also known as Yardleyville into the 1800s.

Photo taken by Doug Kerr.

Wysox

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WYSOX - Founded 1773. From the Indian Wisachgimi meaning "Place of Grapes." Wysox is where French exiles loyal to Louis XVI built a safe haven for themselves and Marie Antoinette.  Antoinette never made it as she was captured and executed before making it to Pennsylvania.  Known as the French Azilum, the area was an intended home for French refugees during the French Revolution.

The village is also known for a utility pole shaped as a giant pencil.

Photo taken by Doug Kerr.

Towanda

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TOWANDA -Founded 1784.  The named of the Bradford County Seat comes from the Algonquian Indian word meaning, "Here our great dead are resting."  The town is home to about 2,900 residents.

Photo taken by Doug Kerr.

Shortsville

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SHORTSVILLE - Founded 1840.  Named for the Short Family who were early pioneers in the area.

Photo taken by Doug Kerr.

Shohola and Shohola Falls

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SHOHOLA - Founded 1772.  Named for Shohola Creek Indian Tribe.  Shohola is from the Lenni Lenape Native American language meaning "Place of Peace".  Shohola is located along the Delaware River.  The nearby Shohola Falls along Shohola Creek is a popular hiking and photography destination.

Shohla Falls is located about nine miles south of Shohola just off of US 6.  The falls which are located along Shohola Creek just north of Shohola Marsh Reservoir are easily accessible via a 0.8 mile loop trail.  The main cascade of Shohola Falls is about 70-75 feet wide and about 50 feet tall.


It is best advised to exercise caution along the ledges  as they can be extremely dangerous especially in winter due to icing.
Photos taken by Doug Kerr.

Further Reading:
Shohola Falls @ UncoveringPA.comGetting There: