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Wellsboro in Tioga County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pine Creek

Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania

 
 
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Photographed By Don Morfe, September 12, 2001
1. Pine Creek Marker
Inscription.  The Indians called Pine Creek “Tiadaghton,” which meant river of pines. These now-gone pines brought drastic changes to Pine Creek.

Logging began in the 1800s. Before the logging, the thick soil held rainwater like a sponge. It released it slowly to the creek. Pine Creek stayed high enough to canoe all summer.

Today water runs off much more quickly carrying soil with it. The creek is rock-strewn by August.

Pine Creek still has much of its wilderness spirit. Experience it in the spring by raft or canoe. Like early travelers, you’ll find it a path to lead you into the wilderness.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNative AmericansWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the National Natural Landmarks series list.
 
Location. 41° 41.783′ N, 77° 27.29′ W. Marker is in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, in Tioga County. Marker is on Pennsylvania Route 660. This marker is at the end of PA 660 in Leonard Harrison State Park, East Rim near the Visitor

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Photographed By Don Morfe, September 12, 2001
2. Grand Canyon of PA
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Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wellsboro PA 16901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nessmuk (a few steps from this marker); Pine Creek Gorge (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Civilian Conservation Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Pine Creek Gorge (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named United States Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. one mile away); Our Gift from the Past (approx. 3 miles away); Tiadaghton (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wellsboro.
 
Regarding Pine Creek. From Wikipedia

Leonard Harrison State Park is a 585 acre Pennsylvania state park in Tioga County,Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is on the east rim of the Pine Creek Gorge, also known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, which is 800 ft deep and nearly 4000 ft across here. It also serves as headquarters for the adjoining Colton Point State Park, its sister park on the west rim of the gorge. Leonard Harrison State Park is known for its views of the Pine Creek Gorge, and offers hiking, fishing and hunting, whitewater boating, and camping. The park is in Shippen and Delmar Townships, 10 mi west of
Grand Canyon of PA image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 12, 2001
3. Grand Canyon of PA
Wellsboro at the western terminus of Pennsylvania Route 660.

Pine Creek flows through the park and has carved the gorge through five major rock formations from the Devonian and Carboniferous periods. Native Americans once used the Pine Creek Path along the creek. The path was later used by lumbermen, and then became the course of a railroad from 1883 to 1988. Since 1996, the 63.4 mi Pine Creek Rail Trail has followed the creek through the park. The Pine Creek Gorge was named a National Natural Landmark in 1968 and is also protected as a Pennsylvania State Natural Area an important Bird Area, while Pine Creek is a Pennsylvania Scenic and Wild River. The gorge is home to many species of plants and animals, some of which have been reintroduced to the area.

Although the Pine Creek Gorge was clearcut in the 19th and early 20th centuries, it is now covered by second growth forest, thanks in part to the conservation efforts of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. The park is named for Leonard Harrison, a Wellsboro lumberman who cut the timber there, then established the park, which he donated to the state in 1922. The CCC improved the park and built many of its original facilities. Since a successful publicity campaign in 1936, the park has been a popular tourist destination and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Leonard Harrison State
Map of Leonard Harrison State Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, January 28, 2007
4. Map of Leonard Harrison State Park
Park was chosen by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Parks for its "Twenty Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks" list, which praised its "spectacular vistas and a fabulous view of Pine Creek Gorge, also known as Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon".
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 379 times since then and 90 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 16, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 5, 2022