June 2004 Huntingdon Adventure

Saturday June 12

Left Harlansburg at 2:15PM in bright sunshine, 33.8 miles on the trip odometer. Checked the name of the brew pub in Altoona just off Planke Rd: Marzonis. Arrived at Gene's with 180.4 on odometer at 5PM. That makes it 146.6 miles. In July 2002, I measured it as 142.8 miles.
Hmmm! The universe must still be expanding.

Sunday June 13

A house atop Piney Ridge as seen from Gene's backyard looking across Woodcock Valley.
That's Gene's chicken coop in the foreground.
And at the Tytoona Natural Area, the water was rapidly flowing into the cave:

Seldom Seen Coal Mine

Open only on summer weekends, which certainly helps keep it seldom seen.
We opted to not go down the hole in the ground even though the engineer reassured us it was carefully inspected annually.

McGees Mills Covered Bridge
Near Mahaffey in Clearfield County, just south of the intersection of US219 and SR36.

The only covered bridge crossing the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Built in 1875, this Burr Arch Truss Bridge covers a 107-foot span with an original cost of $175. After a century of use, Clearfield County's only covered bridge was renovated in 1978 and again in the mid-1990s following damage by a heavy snowfall.

The headwaters of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.
Just south of Carroltown in Cambria County on US219.

A swampy area east of US219 drains through a culvert under the road. And then it's downhill all the way
to the Chesapeake Bay.

Colver Power Plant in Cambria County

The plant CLEANLY and efficiently burns low-grade waste coal. This coal, know as "gob" or "bony", was left over from previous mining operations.
The plant went into operation in 1995.

Read more about it here or here.

The Allegheny Portage Railroad Skew Arch Bridge
This may be the only skewed masonry bridge remaining in the United States. Built in 1832-34 to carry a wagon road over the tracks of incline 6, it was constructed on a skewed or twisted angle. The road and railroad could then cross with each maintaining their straight path up th slope.
The arch jams are not at right angle with the face of the bridge. The bridge abutments are also offset and not directly across from each other. The stones inside the arch were cut and laid diagonally.

Front The view from the bridge up Incline 6 to the power house.

Monday June 14

An enjoyable all day field trip with Jim and Jean . . .

A scenic view along SR144 north of Renovo.
The Greater Cherry Springs Airport.
That's SR44 on the left.

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays even though their web site says it's open 7 days a week.
This was our third attempt to visit the place.

A gnome was protecting the museum entrance to make sure nobody enters. There was also a troll in the side yard.
Jim and Jeannie admiring a babbling brook at the museum.

And another of those pesky gnomes popped up next to the brook:
A group of people checking out the headwaters of the Allegheny River just west of Gold in Potter County.

The Kinzua Bridge after and before the F1 tornado July 21, 2003 . . .

On July 7, 2003
Jim and Jeannie looking at the bridge wreckage.
I don't know who that is on the left.

Notice the trees in the background, or lack thereof. This was a heavily wooded area in July 2003.
We stopped for dinner at the Clearfield Dutch Pantry just off IS80. This interesting decoration was on the front of the building.

Clearfield originated as an Indian town, "Chinklacamoose", and was incorporated as a borough in 1840. The name was derived from the vast fields once cleared of undergrowth by buffalo wallows.

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