The history of Clinton and Cameron Counties in Pennsylvania, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 45 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from four hard-to-find vintage books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print size adjusted to fit 8 1/2 x 11 paper. A clear vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Source books include: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania (1843) by Sherman Day; An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1876) by William Egle, M.D.; Pennsylvania, a Guide to the Keystone State compiled by WPA writers; and My Pennsylvania, a 1946 project of the Bureau of Publications, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Some Information may be repeated in various excerpts, but often with a different slant or with additional details.) The Clinton communities mentioned include: Lock Haven, Lockport, Dunnstown, Mill Hall, Farrandsville, Salona, New Liberty, North Point (formerly Young Woman's Town), Clintondale, Tylersville, Renovo, Beech Creek, Logansville, Hyner, West Port and Lamar. The Cameron communities mentioned include: Emporium, Driftwood, Sterling Run and Sinnemahoning, and townships include Lumber, Shippon, Portage, Gibson and Grove. The Day and Egle histories cover the early development of this area, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. There is occasionally some duplication of material, but often with a different slant or emphasis. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: Jeremiah (Jerry) Church, William Dunn and other early settlers; Major Moses Van Campen's refusal to "change coats" in the Revolutionary War -- even to save himself from a horrible death; Picturesque Lock Haven; Riot between Irish and German workers; Rise and Fall of Farrandsville; Formation and naming of Clinton County; West Branch Canal; the Philadelphia and Erie Railroad; Lumber and Minerals: wealth of the counties; an Act of Cowardice, "The Big Runaway" and "a Crock of Silver"; pioneer life in Cameron County; When whiskey was more valuable than cows; Battle of Peter Grove with the Indians who massacred his father; Strange Indian burial site uncovered; Floods on Sinnemahoning Creek; Chimney or Altar Rocks and other Post-Revolutionary settlers; Civil War involvement; Spanish Hill controversy; an Act of Cowardice, "The Big Runaway" and "a Crock of Silver"; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. The recently added fourth book includes a 1940s map of the county, several photos and a concise update of the county's progress as it looked shortly after World War II. ILLUSTRATIONS include the View of the Borough of Emporium, Lock Haven, Clinton Court House, Pulpit Rocks near Round Island (full page) and a View of the Philadelphia and Erie Railroad Station in Renovo (full page).
Clinton and Cameron Counties, PA
Sources: History of Clinton County Pennsylvania; Compiled from Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania, An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Etc.
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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