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Roaring Branch

ROARING BRANCH - Founded 1862. Named for stream of the same name. The community of Roaring Branch straddles the border between Lycoming and Tioga Counties.


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.