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Near Punxsutawney in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Groundhog Day

 
 
Groundhog Day Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, March 19, 2006
1. Groundhog Day Marker
Inscription.  As early as 1886, German immigrants here observed Groundhog Day and established the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club in 1899. According to folklore, if the hibernating groundhog—known as Punxsutawney Phil—leaves its burrow on February 2 and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. The legend is based on a European custom predicting the length of winter by weather conditions on Candlemas, an ancient Christian festival.
 
Erected 2004 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission marker series.
 
Location. 40° 55.877′ N, 78° 57.461′ W. Marker is near Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Woodland Avenue Extension and Sportsman Park Road on Woodland Avenue Extension. It is located on site at Gobblers Knob. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Punxsutawney PA 15767, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Charles J. Margiotti (approx. 1.7 miles away); Rossiter Strike Injunction
Groundhog Day Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, May 2, 2016
2. Groundhog Day Marker
(approx. 2.7 miles away); Great Shamokin Path (approx. 3.3 miles away); First Pennsylvania Troopers Killed in the Line of Duty (approx. 5.2 miles away); Millstone (approx. 7.1 miles away); McGee's Mills Covered Bridge (approx. 10.6 miles away); Fort Mahoning (approx. 10.7 miles away); Last Raft (approx. 10.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Punxsutawney.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. (Submitted on January 26, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Groundhog Day - Behind the Marker. Explore PA History.com (Submitted on July 11, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Topics. This marker is included in this topic list: Notable Events
 
Groundhog Day Sign image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, May 2, 2016
3. Groundhog Day Sign
Behind Phil's doorway
Groundhog Day image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, May 2, 2016
4. Groundhog Day
Phil's doorway...to be opened on February 2
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 24, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,018 times since then and 12 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week January 30, 2011. Photos:   1. submitted on January 24, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   2, 3, 4. submitted on May 2, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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