The history of McKean County, PA, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 25-Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from three hard-to-find books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print enlarged for easier reading. A vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. Source books include: 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.) Communities mentioned include: Smethport, Port Allegany, Farmer’s Valley, Mt. Jewett, Kane, Ludlow, Foster Brook, Bradford, Custer City, Eldred, Sergeant, Wetmore, Port Kennedy, Ceres (formerly King’s Settlement), Norwich Settlement, Instanter (Bunker Hill), Teutonia, and Ginalsburg. Since the source books are concerned with the same subject, there is some duplication of material, but the time elasped often changes the perspective and emphasis. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: First Settlers, first county court, first printing press, etc.; Physical Features of the County; "The Society of Industry," an unusual combination of socialism and capitalism; the Importance of Canoes in Transportation; Francis King and his “Friends”; a Hunting Tragedy at Port Allegany; Hindrances to Development of the the Area; "The Land Office" of Messrs. Keating and Co., "The Boston Land Co." and "Ceres Land Company"; Futile Attempts to "Mine Oil"; the Lobo Wolf Pens, Kane Manor Inn, "Oil, Oil Everywhere..." in Bradford; a Bull and Bear Fight that “Ran Amuck,” and and and other interesting bits of history and trivia. The recently added third 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 county prision at Smethport and the county courthouse at Smethport.
McKean County, PA
Sources: An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; History of McKean County Pennsylvania
Authors: William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1876
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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