“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
King of Prussia in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Valley Creek

Meandering through History


—Valley Forge National Historical Park —

Valley Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
1. Valley Creek Marker
Inscription. Valley Creek flows through the historic Village of Valley Forge to its confluence with the Schuykill River, just downstream of this point. Once the primary source of water and power for a bustling town, it now is one of the park’s most important natural resources. It is designated as an Exceptional Value Watershed and a Class A Wild Trout Fishery – remarkable qualities in such an urbanized region.

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Valley Creek is cleaner than at any time in the last 300 years. Threats to the creek have changed over time. Once polluted by raw sewage and toxic chemicals, today sediment and warm temperatures degrade aquatic habitat, a result of paving and building on lands upstream of the park. With less open land where rainwater can sink in, there are increasingly frequent and intense floods. Floodwaters are warm, contain sediment from collapsing stream banks, and wash in roadway pollutants such as oil. Raging waters also wash out archeological resources along the creek, and even threaten the Covered Bridge and Washington’s Headquarters.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 40° 6.063′ N, 75° 27.702′ W. Marker is in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Valley
Marker in Valley Forge image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
2. Marker in Valley Forge
Creek Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is on the tour road in Valley Forge National Historical Park at stop 6, Washington’s Headquarters. Marker is in this post office area: King of Prussia PA 19406, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington’s Headquarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Village of Valley Forge (about 300 feet away); American Icon (about 400 feet away); War Comes to Valley Forge (about 400 feet away); Did You Know? (about 500 feet away); Headquarters Complex (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Village of Valley Forge (about 600 feet away); Commander in Chief’s Guards (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in King of Prussia.
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a 19th century photo of Valley Creek with Washington’s Headquarters nearby. It has a caption of “In the 18th and 19th centuries, this scene looked very different. Iron works, mills, and other industries were located along the stream. These were ‘working waters.’ Dams in several places provided water power and also created large ponds where now you see flowing water. The land on either side of the creek below is composed of sediments that settled behind one of these dams.
Valley Creek image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
3. Valley Creek
This photo of Valley Creek was taken from in front of the marker.
the 19th century, a mill stood between Washington’s Headquarters (at upper left) and Valley Creek. Like all waterways until modern times, the creek was filled with sewage and industrial wastes.”
A picture of a trout on the left of the marker has a caption of “In spite of its location in an urbanized region, Valley Creek supports a naturally reproducing population of wild trout. Numerous springs from the limestone bedrock along the creek’s length provide a steady supply of the cool water that trout and native stream species need.     New York State Department of Environmental Conservation”
A photo of Valley Creek’s covered bridge appear on the marker’s right, above the sidebar.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 740 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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