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Near Selinsgrove in Snyder County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

John Harris, Founder of Harrisburg

 
 
Detail of the John Harris, Founder of Harrisburg Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, June 24, 2011
1. Detail of the John Harris, Founder of Harrisburg Plaque
Inscription. On October 25,1755 John Harris, Founder of Harrisburg, and a party of 40 men who came up the river to investigate the (John) Penn's Creek Massacre, were ambushed by a party of Indians near the mouth of this creek at the head of the Isle of Que, one third of a mile south of this spot.
 
Erected 1915 by Pennsylvania Historical Commission and Snyder County Historical Society.
 
Location. 40° 48.807′ N, 76° 51.256′ W. Marker is near Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, in Snyder County. Marker is on South Old Trail south of Airport Road when traveling south. Touch for map. The plaque is located on the north bank of Penns Creek at the dead end of South Old Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Selinsgrove PA 17870, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The (John) Penn's Creek Massacre (here, next to this marker); Penns Creek Massacre (approx. 0.3 miles away); “Coxey's Army” (approx. 0.3 miles away); Albany Purchase (approx. 0.8 miles away); Simon Snyder (approx. 0.9 miles away); Erected to the Memory of Simon Snyder
John Harris, Founder of Harrisburg Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, June 24, 2011
2. John Harris, Founder of Harrisburg Plaque
(approx. 1.2 miles away); Susquehanna University (approx. 1.3 miles away); Sunbury (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Selinsgrove.
 
More about this marker. The marker shares the same stone pillar as the The (John) Penn's Creek Massacre plaque
 
Also see . . .  The Snyder County Post: The Penns Creek Massacre of 1755. (Submitted on June 28, 2011, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar, French and Indian
 
Wide view of the John Harris, Founder of Harrisburg Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, June 24, 2011
3. Wide view of the John Harris, Founder of Harrisburg Plaque
View of Penns Creek today image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, June 24, 2011
4. View of Penns Creek today
Due to canal and road construction the stream bed has been altered several times since the French and Indian War, but the approximate location remains.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2011, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 869 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 28, 2011, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
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