The Aline Covered Bridge
as seen from Aline Church Road
Located off of Route 104
between the tiny villages of Aline and Meiserville sits a restored Burr
Truss Covered Bridge over the North Branch of Mahantango Creek. The Aline
Bridge has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since
1979, ninety-five years after it was first constructed. The bridge
is closed to vehicular traffic, but it is easily accessible and has a few
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.
Throughout Pennsylvania there are many small cemeteries. Some are rural and some are in many of the old towns and villages that are throughout the state. The Fells Church Cemetery in Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County is one of them. Established in 1785 on the grounds of Fells Methodist Church, Fells Cemetery is the final resting place to those who fought in the American Revolution, Civil War, World War I, and World War II. Three centuries of Pennsylvanians are buried here.
Both Fells Church and the village of Fellsburg have a long history. Fellsburg is located within Rostraver Township which is one of the original Westmoreland County townships dating back to 1773. Fellsburg is named after Benjamin Fell, and upon land donated by George Washington, Fells Methodist Church was built. Known as "The Lighthouse on the Hill", the historic stone church that was built in 1834 still stands; however, the congregation moved to a new building in 1967.
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…