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Mount Jewett in McKean County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Forces of Nature

 
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 29, 2017
1. Forces of Nature Marker
Inscription.  A DCNR inspection in 2002 deemed the viaduct unsafe and it was closed to all traffic. Restoration work was well underway when, on July 21, 2003, severe weather sent the crew scrambling for shelter. Just after 3:15 p.m., an F1 tornado hit Kinzua Bridge State Park. No match for the powerful winds, the viaduct's 120-year-old anchor bolts snapped. In two minutes, 11 steel towers lay in a twisted tangle on the valley floor.

Today, the DCNR manages this area to allow smaller plants and grasses to thrive, while preventing larger shrubs and trees from obscuring the view of the debris field.

The debris field has become home to plants and animals.
 
Erected by Pennsylvania Wilds, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsDisastersEnvironment. A significant historical date for this entry is July 21, 2003.
 
Location. 41° 45.629′ N, 78° 35.235′ W. Marker is in Mount Jewett, Pennsylvania, in McKean County. Marker can be reached from Viaduct Road, one
Forces of Nature Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 29, 2017
2. Forces of Nature Marker
Marker is at a viewing platform behind the visitors center at Kinzua Bridge State Park.
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mile north of Lindholm Road (County Route 3011). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 296 Viaduct Road, Mount Jewett PA 16740, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sites to See (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commerce to Collapse (about 300 feet away); Spanning History (about 400 feet away); Kinzua Viaduct (about 400 feet away); Kinzua Bridge (about 700 feet away); Nebo Lutheran Chapel and Cemetery (approx. 4.4 miles away); Great Events in Smethport History (approx. 7.9 miles away); a different marker also named Great Events in Smethport History (approx. 7.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Jewett.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 146 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 2, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.

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