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Seven Valleys

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  SEVEN VALLEYS - Founded 1892. Named for the Siebenthal or "Seven Valleys" with in view of borough. The Seven Valleys basin was originally settled by forty families of the German Lutheran and Reformed faiths from the Rhineland Palatinate of Germany, arriving in the Codorus Valley of southern Pennsylvania in the early fall of 1738. The lush meadows and gently rolling hills here reminded them of their homeland. The German settlers maintained the Pfalzer dialect of the German language for nearly 150 years after immigrating to Pennsylvania. However, with the coming of the railroad in 1838, the use of the English language gradually crept into the culture and by the end of the Civil War the use of German slowly began fading into the background. During its prime, Seven Valleys was known for the manufacture of cigars and ice cream. Iron ore was also discovered in Seven Valleys, causing a wave of prosperity for the people of the Codorus Valley. It also was a large railroad shipping p

Mail Pouch Barn - Star Junction, PA

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Just off of PA 51 near the Fayette County Village of Star Junction is another great Mail Pouch barn.  

Blossburg

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  BLOSSBURG - Founded 1802. Named for Aaron Bloss - first settler. Located in Tioga County in the northern Pennsylvania Wilds , Blossburg was once known as Peters Camp, and it was where coal was discovered in 1792 by the Patterson brothers, who were noted Indian scouts. William B. Wilson , who was the first Secretary of Labor of the United States of America, served in that role from 1913 to 1921. Secretary Wilson was born in Scotland, but lived a large portion of his life in Blossburg. Wilson also served in the U.S. Congress, was a coal miner and a labor leader during his life. Blossburg was also the site of the the first plane crash investigation led by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), when Mohawk Airlines Flight 40 had crashed in Blossburg in June 1967, killing all 34 people aboard the plane that was traveling from Elmira, New York to Washington, D.C. How to Get There: Sources and Links: Blossburg.org - About Blossburg

Zebley's Corner

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  ZEBLEY'S CORNER - Founded 1813. Named for Zebley family, early residents. Zebleys Corner is located on PA 261 immediately north of the state border with Delaware. In fact, this towering and unique state line marker (as shown below) can be found just north of this Keystone town marker. The more traditional concrete post that denotes a state line crossing is actually located just south of the Keystone marker. How to Get There: Sources and Links: Keystone Marker Trust - Zebley's Corner

Kratzerville

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  KRATZERVILLE - Founded 1847. Formerly "Hesslers", renamed for Daniel Kratzer. How to Get There:

Pleasantville (Venango County)

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  PLEASANTVILLE - Founded 1821. So named, due to ideal home conditions existing here. There are a few places in Pennsylvania called Pleasantville. This Pleasantville is located in Venango County and is located near Oil Creek State Park . How to Get There: Sources and Links: Roadside Thoughts - Pleasantville, Pennsylvania (Venango County) PA-Roots.com - Pleasantville, Venango County Pennsylvania

Punxsutawney Walkabout

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  Situated amongst the hills of Western Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney is approximately 90 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, 100 miles south of Erie and the Weather Capital of the World. Punxsutawney is located in Jefferson County and is home to approximately 6,200 residents, including a famous groundhog that goes by the name of Punxsutawney Phil. Perhaps you've heard of him. Punxsutawney was originally a campsite halfway between the Allegheny and Susquehanna Rivers. It is located on the earliest known trail to the east, the Shamokin Path. US 119 north of Punxsutawney follows a portion of this path. At times, the area was occupied by Shawnee or Delaware people and sometimes by the Senecas or Iroquois. The name of the town was derived from the Lenape word for sand flies or mosquito, which are found in abundance in the area. I visited the borough of Punxsutawney and nearby Gobbler's Knob on a nice, quiet spring day. It was a good opportunity to explore downtown Punxsutawney and what it