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Kingston in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Trailing Along

Wyoming Valley Levee System

 
 
Trailing Along Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 2, 2018
1. Trailing Along Marker
Inscription.

"And when I had asked the name of the river from the brakeman, and heard that it was called Susquehanna, the beauty of the name seemed to be part and parcel of the beauty of the land."
Robert Louis Stevenson, Across the Plains, 1879

While few doubt the beauty of the Susquehanna's name, its origin remains a mystery steeped in Indian lore. One interpretation of "Susqueh" as "mud," combined with the Algonquin suffix "-hanna" meaning "river" or "stream" suggests "the muddy river." Other translations call it "the long reach river" and "the long crooked river." Regardless, the Susquehanna — designated an American Heritage River — is a sight to behold.

Hike 'n History on a flood control system — what a concept! Fifteen miles of the Wyoming Valley Levee System Trail beckon. Enjoy the scenic Susquehanna River and learn more about the Wyoming Valley's rich history and natural history.

Four levees comprise the trail system. On the river's west bank, the First Residents' Path, which extends through parts of Wyoming and Forty Fort, features accounts of Native Americans, early settlers and their conflicts. The Anthracite Heritage Walk winds through Kingston and Edwardsville, highlighting the region's coal industry. The Plymouth Passage illustrates the diversity of cultures and industries

Market Street Bridge West Approach (north side) Marker Kiosk image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 2, 2018
2. Market Street Bridge West Approach (north side) Marker Kiosk
Looking SE toward downtown Wilkes-Barre
that shaped the borough. On the east bank, the Riverside Ramble presents a cornucopia of stories about the architecture, business, arts and agriculture of Wilkes-Barre and Hanover.

A menu of opportunities awaits you. The four levees provide a loop trail or four different paths. They also meet many other trails: some take days to complete, others offer an afternoon's delight. Visit several communities in the valley and hike the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor's main trail, if you want a multiple day hike. Explore, ponder, return.

[Levee Trails system map]

[Illustrations, top to bottom, left to right, read]
Native American tobacco burning ceremony

Coal mining - a job [for?] men and boys, circa 1900

St. Mary's Polish Church, one of many ethnic churches in Plymouth, 1918.

The River Commons, circa 1900
 
Erected by Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and Others.
 
Location. 41° 15.09′ N, 75° 53.223′ W. Marker is in Kingston, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street and the west approach to the Market Street Bridge, on the left when traveling east on Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kingston PA 18704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bridging Two Cities (here, next to this marker); What on Earth is a Levee? (here, next to this marker); War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); A Formal Promenade Across the River (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named What on Earth is a Levee? (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Trailing Along (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilkes-Barre (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); 109th Field Artillery Battalion Memorial (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingston.
 
More about this marker. An identical marker is southwest across Market Street.
 
Also see . . .
1. Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. (Submitted on May 6, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Luzerne County Levee Trail. (Submitted on May 6, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Wyoming Valley Levee System (The Citizens' Voice, 2012). (Submitted on May 6, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesNative AmericansParks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 6, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 6, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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