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

Pine Creek Gorge

Colton Point State Park


—West Rim —

Pine Creek Gorge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 12, 2015
1. Pine Creek Gorge Marker
Explore Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon
Imagine a vast sheet of ice, hundreds of feet thick, inching over the landscape like a giant bulldozer. Several such glaziers sculpted this landscape. As the last glacier receded north more than 10,000 years ago, its meltwaters helped carve Pine Creek’s deep gorge. Today, the waters continue to gradually deepen ‘Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon.”

Humans, too, have shaped this land. Colton Point State Park is named for Henry Colton, a lumberman, who ran a logging camp in the area during the 1870s. His loggers felled white pines and floated log rafts to Williamsport sawmills. Today visitors can retrace that logging voyage, rafting Pine Creek for the pure adventure of it.

George Washington Sears, a well-known outdoor writer who used the penname “Nessmuk,” called Wellsboro his home most of his life.

“We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough It, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home, in towns and cities.”
–Nessmuk, Woodcraft, 1884.

Cultivating conservation
By the early 1900s, deforestation, forest fires and unregulated hunting had taken a heavy toll on wildlife. To restore its forests, Pennsylvania began purchasing private lands to create state forest reserves and parks, White-tailed deer,

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By Don Morfe, October 12, 2015
2. Pine Creek Gorge Marker-Reverse site
beaver, elk, river otter and fisher were reintroduced to this area throughout the 1900s. In 1968, 12 miles of the gorge were designated a National Nature Landmark. In 1993, the canyon became a State Park Natural Area. These designations will additionally protect the canyon’s natural heritage for future generations.

Historic thoroughfare
When you hike, bike, or ski the Pine Creek Rail Trail, you’re following a route that Native Americans traversed for thousands of years. In 1883, the Jersey Shore, Pine Creek, and Buffalo Railroad laid tracks along this route, carrying timber, coal and passengers. Rail service ended in 1968. Now the trail leads the adventurous through more than 60 miles of canyon beauty, from Wellsboro Junction to Jersey Shore, part of a statewide network of rail-trails.
Location. 41° 42.511′ N, 77° 27.924′ W. Marker is in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, in Tioga County. Marker is on Colton Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wellsboro PA 16901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. United States Civilian Conservation Corps (a few steps from this marker); Nessmuk (approx. one mile away); Pine Creek (approx. one mile away); Civilian Conservation Corps

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By Don Morfe, October 12, 2015
3. Pine Creek Gorge
(approx. 1.1 miles away); Pine Creek Path (approx. 3.5 miles away); William A. Stone (approx. 4.7 miles away); The First Bank (approx. 8.8 miles away); Mary Wells Morris (approx. 8.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wellsboro.
Categories. EnvironmentHorticulture & ForestryNative Americans
Pine Creek Gorge image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 12, 2015
4. Pine Creek Gorge
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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