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Connellsville in Fayette County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Connellsville

Trail Map and Points of Interest

 
 
Connellsville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2014
1. Connellsville Marker
Inscription. Cedar Creek Gorge, 21.8 miles north. Off the main trail in Cedar Creek Park, you will find waterfalls and wildflowers, as well as a suspension bridge over the gorge. photo by Betsy Mandarino.Great

Tufta Formation, 20.5 miles north. A living, ever-growing rock formation made of decaying vegetation and limestone has been dissolved by carbonic acid and water. Photo by Betsy Mandarino.

Banning, 16.9 miles north. Today you see only the remnants of a major coal processing facility operated by the Pittsburgh Coal Company. It processed up to 500,000 tons of coal per year until it closed in 1956. Photo courtesy of University of Pittsburgh Archives Center.

Historic Dawson, 5.5 miles north. Names for George Dawson, this town is home to many historic buildings. Here you'll find Memorial United Methodist Church, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo by Betsy Mandarino.

Sheepskin Trail, 1.9 miles south. This spur leads 2.2 miles to the small historical community of Dunbar, where Dunbar Creek and the Gist Run converge. Photograph courtesy of Trailbook. Ferncliff Peninsula, 16.5 miles south. A sharp bend in the north-flowing river creates the Ferncliff Peninsula, which is edged with steep, rocky ledges. Walking trails wind through the oak forest, a designated a [sic] National Natural Landmark that supports

Connellsville Marker - Left Detail image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2014
2. Connellsville Marker - Left Detail
many rare plants. Photo by Stacie Faust.

The Great Allegheny Passage is part of a trail system that connects Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C. Conceived in 1975, the 150-mile long Passage connects to the C&O Canal Towpath in Cumberland, Maryland. Together, they make up a significant segment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, a component of the National Trail System.

25 miles to West Newton * 17 miles to Ohiopyle
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Natural Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 40° 1.326′ N, 79° 36.203′ W. Marker is in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from Great Allegheny Passage (North). Touch for map. Marker is at the trail head of the Great Allegheny Passage (north), Youghiogheny River Trail section, behind the Martin's grocery store plaza, address 800 Vanderbilt Rd. (PA Route 201), Connellsville, off of U.S. Route 119. There is a stationary caboose, painted B&O red, and free parking at the trail head. Marker is in this post office area: Connellsville PA 15425, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Connellsville (here, next to this marker); Chestnut Ridge (a few steps from this marker); Braddock's Twelfth Camp

Connellsville Marker - Right Detail image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2014
3. Connellsville Marker - Right Detail
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Home of Colonel William Crawford (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonel William Crawford (approx. 0.3 miles away); Benjamin Wells (approx. 0.3 miles away); Connellsville Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); World War II Connellsville Canteen (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Connellsville.
 
More about this marker. The opposite side of the marker is "Connellsville - Gateway to the Laurel Highlands."
 
Regarding Connellsville. This section of trail is the railbed of the Pittsburgh, McKeesport & Youghiogheny Railroad, later part of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad.
 
Also see . . .
1. Great Allegheny Passage. (Submitted on August 31, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Yough River Trail Council. (Submitted on August 31, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
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Connellsville Marker - Lower Detail image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2014
4. Connellsville Marker - Lower Detail
Connellsville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2014
5. Connellsville Marker
Northward, towards the trail.
Sign on Utility Building Adjacent to Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2014
6. Sign on Utility Building Adjacent to Marker
YRT Map and Contributors Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2014
7. YRT Map and Contributors Plaque
The map on this plaque shows the mileposts not for the trail, but for the abandoned railroad upon which this section of trail was created. The posts are cement, painted white with black numbers.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 31, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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